A new Long Island tradition
A rainy, foggy, Friday the 13th did not deter the success of Long Island Wins’ first ever Comedy Club Night. The evening had a great turnout and the guests enjoyed themselves.
The night began with a reception with wine and light refreshments before the show started.Then Joe Manfredi, the emcee for the evening and station manager at Old Westbury Web Radio, opened the show by warming up the crowd and introducing thefirst act.
Spoken word artist, Herrison Chicas, took the stage and amazed everyone with his dynamic talent for storytelling about life experiences, which he creatively combined with humor and passion. Chicas, a Long Island native who now lives in North Carolina, was excited to be back on Long Island to perform for his hometown audience.
“This night is all about laughing and having a good time,” said Chicas when he was about to go on stage.
Chicas, an up-and-coming innovator in the art of spoken word, captivated the audience with his energy and charm.
“I’ve been blessed to be able to travel the country and perform, and the thing in every stage I’ve been on, is that there is always some kind of obstacle that we try to overcome,” he said. “I’m talking about a touching topic such as immigration and doing it through laughter, doing it through storytelling, and doing it through fun, I believe is one of the best ways to talk about it.”
Following Chicas, Luis M. Mostacero and his wife, both members of Estampas Folkloricas Peru, presented Tondero, a beautiful dance from Northern Peru that expresses love and passion between young couples through agile and flirtatious movements and footwork.
After a brief intermission, stand-up Comedian Leighann Lord took the stage and drew laughs from the audience immediately.
“I know I am supposed to be the comedian but if I say something that is not funny I am going to claim I am a spoken word person,” Leighann said.
Lord’s unique style of making fun of everyday life situations, family, politics and current events enchanted the audience with continuous laughter.
“It’s my pleasure to be here with Long Island Wins tonight. We are going to have a wonderful night, because it is a great cause and we are going to have some great laughs,” she said.
Isma Chaudhry, board co-chair of Long Island Wins and President of the Islamic Center of Long Island said, “I wanted to congratulate Long Island Wins staff for putting together a wonderful event and I want to thank them for spreading awareness in the immigrant community and for being a leader in the immigrant advocacy program.”
Long Island Wins would like to thank their sponsors Bedell Cellars, Old Westbury Web Radio, Anton News, Non-violence and Social Justice Advocates of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, Smith & DeGroat Real Estate and LM Productions Video & Photography. They are also very grateful for our interns who helped make the night a big success.
Special thanks to everyone who attended.