Comedy Club To Bring Laughs To Seniors

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

Seniors at the Kew Gardens Community Center will be belly aching by the time this show is over.

Center Attendees will get to see a live comedy show on May 14, when Gotham Comedy Club presents its second comedy show at the senior center.

Giulio Gallarotti, a comedian who also stars in the MTV show “Totally Clueless,” will perform at the senior center as part of its Community Center Laughter-Therapy presentation from its Gotham Comedy Foundation. That organization was designed to bring “laughter therapy” to hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers.

This will be the second time the Manhattan-based club will bring its show to the Kew Gardens center, but this year it will have a bit of a different twist.

In addition to Gallarotti’s performance, six of the seniors will take the microphone and give their own comedy routine for the audience in attendance.

Rachel Epstein, the program director of the senior center, which is sponsored by Queens Community House, said this allows the seniors themselves a chance to show off their talent.

“We wanted to give our members a chance to participate in the program,” she said.

Members of the Senior Center have been taking a comedy workshop class, according to Epstein, to hone their comedic skills for the big performance.

Epstein said one of their challenges is getting their name out there and letting people know about the different services they offer and events like the comedy show help to spread the word.  The average attendance at the senior center is 50 to 75 people, according to Epstein.

They are based out of the office complex at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, which houses a Queens District Attorney office as well as the meeting place for Community Board 6 meetings.

The free show will begin at 2 p.m. on May 14. It will be at Suite 202 at the 80-02 Kew Gardens Road location.

For more information, call the Kew Gardens Community Center at (718) 268-5960 or log onto gothamcomedyfoundation.org.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.