Homelessness is no laughing matter, unless you’re talking about Comics That Care. The annual live comedy show benefits The Salvation Army and helps provide food and shelter to the hungry and homeless. The event is sponsored by the Communications Club at IUPUI. WISH-TV8 and Jockamo Pizza in Irvington enticed ticket holders with a free pizza slice per ticket. This year’s event was held at Eskenazi Hall in the Herron School of Art on the IUPUI campus.
This year’s comedians included Michael Malone, Marques Bunn, Troy Davis, Roy McMahon, and event organizer Mike Polites. In addition to performing stand-up comedy, Polites is also a Lecturer in Communication Studies at IUPUI. “As both a comic and a teacher, I know I have a unique opportunity to get the word out about this important cause,” says Polites.
Headliner, Michael Malone is known for taking many forms on stage. His intense yet worried persona consistently makes him a crowd favorite. He stands out from his peers with his rubber face, energy, sarcasm and wildly imaginative views on life experiences. Michael has performed in more than 35 states and has been featured on the Bob and Tom Radio and TV Show. He’s also made appearances on the WGN TV, National Lampoon’s Operation Comedy Tour, NBC TV, XM/ Sirius Satellite radio and the CW Star.
Polites says he and the other comedians are thrilled to be giving their time in this way. “The Salvation Army does tremendous work in a variety of areas and they need everyone’s support. A comedy show like this brings IUPUI and the Indianapolis community together. It’s a great way for people to relax, laugh, and enjoy themselves for an evening.”