Refugees get last laugh

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Laugh­ing mat­ter: Cori Gon­za­lez-Macuer is host at a char­ity night rais­ing money for Chil­dren on the Edge in Burma.

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