This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic

This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic

Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, Marina Franklin, Julio Torres, Found Footage Festival, Gary Richardson, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Luther Bangert, Joe Bonacci and Michael Canfield, + special surprise guests!

Saturday · April 29, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$15 Student / $20 GA / $50 VIP

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic, providing FREE healthcare to those without insurance. Juggling. Dancing. Weird videos. Stand up. Sketch. It’s all happening! Join Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, Found Footage Festival, Marina Franklin, Julio Torres, Cocoon Central Dance Team and More!

*Line-up subject to change

**Please note that this event will be mixed seating/standing. Please arrive early for the best seat selection.

This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic
This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic

This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic


Featuring: Aparna Nancherla


Hosted by: Karen Chee


Comedy by: Ashley Brooke Roberts, Ike Ufomadu, Brittany Carney, Joe Castle Baker, Kenice Mobley


Music by: the p53's


The Brooklyn Free Clinic (BFC) is a student-run free clinic addressing health disparities in Brooklyn through service and education at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic is an annual fundraising event with live music, a silent auction and a comedy show hosted at The Bell House with all ticket proceeds going towards the BFC. The event will start with a happy hour, where guests can enjoy food and drinks and peruse items up for auction in addition to BFC merchandise. SUNY Downstate’s very own student band, the p53’s, will also be performing. Afterwards, there will be a comedy show. Our musicians and comedians will be donating their time and talent to support our clinic and the patients we serve.


Doors: 5:00 PM


p53 Concert: 5:30 PM


Show: 7:00 PM


21 and over


$15 Student / $20 GA / $50 VIP

Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone is a Brooklyn-based comedian whose work can be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe Pera Talks With You, The Chris Gethard Show, and heard on Earwolf and WFMU. Her half hour special aired on Comedy Central in 2016, and her album, "The Hits" is available now on Comedy Central Records. If you like puns, check out her game, Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers.
Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla is a comedian and general silly billy. Her sense of humor is dry, existential, and absurd, with notes of uncalled-for whimsy. Think a wine you didn’t order.

Currently, Aparna plays Grace the belabored HR rep on the Comedy Central show, Corporate and has also reprised her role in Season 2 of HBO’s Crashing. She was featured in the second season of Netflix’s The Standups. . Other television credits include Netflix’s Master of None and LOVE, HBO’s High Maintenance, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and appearing as a US correspondent for Dave’s (UK) Unspun with Matt Forde. In 2018 she makes her feature debut in the Paul Feig movie A Simple Favor. Her TV stand up appearances include CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, TBS’s CONAN, Seeso’s stand up series Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, as well as multiple appearances on Comedy Central.

In 2016, she released her debut album, Just Putting It Out There, on Tig Notaro’s label, Bentzen Ball Records, and recorded a half hour special for Comedy Central. In that same year, Elle’s Women in Comedy Issue, featured Aparna as one of the most exciting new voices to hit the comedy scene. Aparna currently is writing and performing standup in NY, LA and all over the country!
Marina Franklin
Marina Franklin
New-York based Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians in the comedy scene today, with such notable appearances as the movie “Trainwreck”, “Crashing”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Conan”, “Louie Season V”, “The Jim Gaffigan Show”, Showtime's “Women Who Kill”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Chappelle’s Show”.

Marina has worked as a staff writer on HBO’s “Divorce”. She has also appeared on “The Nightly Show” and “Inside Amy Schumer” multiple times. She is currently in development with Sarah Jessica Parker on an original idea for HBO.

On the touring side, Marina is a favorite in comedy festivals across the world, like Melbourne Comedy Festival, Scotland's Glasgow Comedy Festival, BBC's World Stand's Up, Rotterdam's Comedy Factory, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Ireland’s Kilkenny Comedy Festival, and Nashville’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. She previously toured with Louis CK and performed with him at Madison Square Garden. Marina’s podcast, “Friends Like Us,” is on the CBS Play.it Network. Franklin is viciously likeable, if there is such a thing.
Julio Torres
Julio Torres
Julio Torres is a Brooklyn-based comedian and Space Prince who currently writes for Saturday Night Live. His abilities have also been put to use in the most recent seasons of The Chris Gethard Show and Billy on the Street. As a standup Julio was named a New Face of the Montreal Comedy Festival, a Comedy Central Comic to Watch and a finalist for Standup NBC. The New York Times has called him “avant-guarde,” “intriguing,” but most importantly: “young.”

It is hard to say where Julio first appeared, but some say it was in El Salvador before moving to New York to go to The New School.
Found Footage Festival
Found Footage Festival
Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties,” at a McDonald’s in their home state of Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled the world’s largest collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos. Pickett, a writer/director, and Prueher, a former researcher at the Late Show with David Letterman, have written for The Onion and Entertainment Weekly and directed the award-winning documentary, “Dirty Country,” available on DVD and as a digital download. They are also the masterminds behind the Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser yo-yo and Chef Keith pranks that hit local morning TV news shows across the Midwest and have since racked up millions of hits on YouTube.
Gary Richardson
Gary Richardson
Talk about a young man having the time of his life.
Cocoon Central Dance Team
Cocoon Central Dance Team
Cocoon Central Dance Team is Sunita Mani, Tallie Medel, and Eleanore Pienta. Born out of extreme friendship and a romance with choreography, Cocoon have been New York City alt-comedy regulars since 2009 with appearances at Upright Citizens Brigade, The Chris Gethard Show (TruTV), MoMA PS1 and for some reason, the Opening Ceremony of the New York City Marathon. Their 2017 film SNOWY BING BONGS ACROSS THE NORTH STAR COMBAT ZONE played film festivals worldwide and garnered praise from IndieWire, Filmmaker Magazine and the failing New York Times. Independently, Mani, Medel and Pienta have been featured on G.L.O.W., Broad City, Search Party, and Inside Amy Schumer. Follow @cocooncentral on Instagram for sensual healing.
Luther Bangert
Luther Bangert
Luther Bangert started juggling in Iowa twelve years ago after becoming obsessed with balancing things on his face. After several years of practice in tandem with his philosophy studies, he started Cirque Stupendo, a raucous circus group that performed around the Midwest, expanding his repertoire to unicycling, wire walking, musical saw, and more. In 2010 he traveled to Mysore, India to study music, and after, joined the Great Bombay Circus for a stint. After a year with Wanderlust Circus in Portland, Oregon, he began street performing in 2012, the freedom of which gave him the ability to pick up and travel continuously around Europe, Asia, Australia, and the States until last October, when he decided to settle in New York City for the time being. Here, Luther studies qi gong, butoh, and contemporary dance, and continues his personal juggling research.
Joe Bonacci and Michael Canfield
Joe Bonacci and Michael Canfield
Joe and Michael are Brooklyn-based comics, writers and directors that have been working together since 2008 when they met in their UCB class. They have a shared interest in portraying some of the more alpha types society has to offer. Check out their interactive web series The Job Interview, which let's you botch your corporate job interview over and over again.

Outside of their collaborations, Michael has studied at Stella Adler, the Groundlings, UCB, and Acting on Impulse. He has performed in stage productions by Genesius Productions and the Internationalists, and on improv comedy teams around New York. Joe has studied at UCB and the Annoyance Theater and directing with Adrienne Weiss. Joe's web credits include a startling amount of wizard, therapy, and pirate videos on Instagram, along with the web series' Fixing Breaking Bad and Ed Hawkin's Yule Log. Inside of their collaborations, it is a heated war, with a lot of threats and grudges being thrown around.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/