Using Comedy to Lift Spirits, Raise Awareness

Using Comedy to Lift Spirits, Raise Awareness

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Gasp is teaming up with the Alabama Rivers Alliance to host a unique event Sunday, March 26 at Cahaba Brewing Company. “A Viscous Cycle: Thick Comedy” seeks to lift spirits and connect supporters of the two organizations.

Gwen Sunkel and Carson Tumey have made a name for themselves in the Indianapolis comedy scene and are taking their act on the road. The Birmingham stop is part of a seven-city comedy tour this month. They tout their comedy as a blend of “a delicious dose of wit with a scoop of silliness and add a dash social awareness.” Sunkel and Tumey will be joined by Alabama comedians Chris Ivey and Hallie Tarpley for a Birmingham-style Sunday Funday not to be missed.

“There has been so much negative news recently related to environmental protection and health policy,” said Gasp Executive Director Michael Hansen.

“It can be overwhelming to keep up with it, and if you don’t practice ‘self-care,’ it can really bring you down. So when Gwen and Carson offered to come to Birmingham for a benefit show, we jumped at the opportunity to make folks laugh and connect with local beer and food. It’s a win-win for everyone!”

A VIP reception will be held at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include admission, drink tickets, food, and a membership to both organizations. General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5. Doors open at 5 p.m. The show will last for about 90 minutes. Organizers invite guests to hang around until the brewery closes at 8:30 for networking and games. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. (RSVP on Facebook for updates and giveaways.)

Event sponsors include Rojo, Kinetic Communications, and Jamm Entertainment Services.

For more information, contact Michael Hansen at 205-701-4270 or via email.

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Gasp is a nonprofit health advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Ala. Our mission is to reduce air pollution, to educate the public on the health risks associated with dirty air, and to encourage community leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy production.