Happy Not National Comedy Day!

It’s been a little while since we’ve posted but we’re still running strong. Grassroots Comedy DC still runs TWO great weekly comedy shows (Black Whiskey Tuesdays and Petworth Citizen Sundays, both facilitated by Chris Brandt and Max Wolfson). So keep attending those great shows!

Today is a very special day because it’s the day that we who launched the National Comedy Day petition — you know the one! — first targeted to be the big day, for December 1 is the birthday of such comedy cornerstones as Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Sarah Silverman and Dr. Katz Professional Therapist. What day on the calendar could possibly be better than December 1 for a national recognition of the laughter and joy that comedy brings to our lives? Well, as it turns out, almost any. For December 1 is World AIDS Day.

So sit back and ponder the great advances that our human communities have enjoyed over the past decades as understanding and medicine have both skyrocketed, meaning an HIV diagnosis isn’t the death sentence it once was. I’m sure that doesn’t make Charlie Sheen feel any better, but, unlike Charlie, it is in fact excellent and important.

Once we realized the deep and serious international significance already enjoyed by December 1, we knew we had to focus on a different day, so we looked up George Carlin’s birthday and, lo-and-behold, it was available: May 12. So sign the petition if you haven’t already to make May 12 National Comedy Day in America!

And Happy World AIDS Day, everyone! Let’s keep marching forward.

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