Refugees get last laugh
Auckland comedians are proving a little laughter goes a long way.
A stand-up comedy tomorrow night will raise money for Children on the Edge, a charity helping Burmese child refugees.
The show is hosted by award-winning comedian Cori Gonzalez-Macuer and features Jeremy Elwood, Michele A’Court, Simon McKinney and Jessie Mulligan.
Cori won the Billy T award in 2006 and has featured at the Auckland International Comedy Festival.
He says he got to know the charity through his mum, who donates regularly, and when the organisation contacted him he was happy to help.
Cori works fulltime as a comedian, performing weekly at The Classic comedy bar and starring in the C4 programme Jono’s New Show.
He says it’s refreshing to do something different.
“This isn’t your regular gig where you show up, do your thing and go home afterwards.
“There’s a bit more riding on it so you want to be a bit more professional and treat it like a big gig.”
All proceeds from the show will go towards the charity, which is helping child refugees in Burma in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis.
Children on the Edge national manager Shelly Mansfield says she is always look- ing for entertaining events that people want to attend.
Through the two shows in Auckland and Wellington and the after-parties, they hope to raise around $9000.
She says that would provide meals for more than 400 children for a whole year.
Cori and Co – On the Edge for Burma starts at 8pm tomorrow at The Classic comedy bar followed by an afterparty at Pony Club.
Tickets are $25. Bookings can be made at www.iticket. co.nz.
Laughing matter: Cori Gonzalez-Macuer is host at a charity night raising money for Children on the Edge in Burma.