Potluck and Comedy Show Raises Funds for VO

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By Lisa Rimmert, Director of Development

I recently had the opportunity to bring together my three top passions: comedy, vegan food, and raising money to help animals. It was a wonderful evening, and I want to share a bit of it with you.

On Saturday, February 27, more than 60 people gathered for a potluck and comedy show in Denver. The Denver Vegans host a potluck once a month, and while they usually host a speaker, they invited me to plan a comedy show, and I’m so glad they did! Attendees savored delicious Italian-themed vegan dishes, then enjoyed a hilarious performance of improvisation and stand-up comedy.

I invited a group of local improvisers that included vegan, vegetarian, and “veg-leaning” folks, and they opened the show with some short form improv games–making everything up on the spot while incorporating suggestions from the audience. Assembled for this event only, the troupe named themselves The Crispy Tofurkys, a fitting tribute to a great vegan company!

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[L-R] Host Lisa Rimmert, Vence Singson, Gabby Gutierrez, Rahul Shah, Dave Costa, Asa Erlendson, and Maren Williams
Following the improv comedy came three stand-up comedy acts, starting with one by yours truly! I was so happy to tell jokes to a room full of vegans, and I was humbled and honored to share the stage with two very entertaining comics.

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Rahul Shah had the audience laughing with his gut-busting jokes and wonderful timing and delivery. You may recognize his name from the caption above, as he was also one of our improvisers. A true jack of all comedy trades!

comedy show- rahul

I was very excited to have talented comedian Nancy Norton as our headliner for the evening. Nancy performs as a stand-up comic as well as an inspirational speaker. She has been heralded by the Denver Post and the Boulder Daily Camera, and she was so very funny, as always!

comedy show- nancy

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Vegan Outreach. We raised almost $300 to put toward outreach on college campuses all over the world! Thank you to the organizers at Denver Vegans, to all the performers for their time and talents, and to my wonderful friends who helped to set up the sound, sell merchandise, pack up after the show, and so much more.

Get in on the fun! Make a donation today and I will send you a Lisa Rimmert original joke!

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