A Comedy Night to Benefit The Trayvon Martin Foundation

A Comedy Night to Benefit The Trayvon Martin Foundation

Michael Che, Kerry Coddett, Jon Benjamin, Larry Murphy, Maeve Higgins, Jon Glaser, Negin Farsad, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Sunday · October 28, 2018

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

$35 GA / $50 Rsvd / $200 VIP

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A Comedy Night to Benefit The Trayvon Martin Foundation
A Comedy Night to Benefit The Trayvon Martin Foundation
Please join us for a fundraiser for The Trayvon Martin Foundation hosted by Michael Che with Kerry Coddett, H. Jon Benjamin, Larry Murphy, Maeve Higgins, Jon Glaser, Negin Farsad and special guest Gbenga Akinnagbe.
The Trayvon Martin Foundation
The Trayvon Martin Foundation
Since the 2012 death of their son, Trayvon Martin , in a violent confrontation, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin has committed their life to transforming tragedy into change. Despite the
devastating loss, Sybrina and Tracy are able to channel their immeasurable heartache into the immense strength needed to elicit positive change. Sybrina, Tracy along with their son Jahvaris created The Trayvon Martin Foundation out of a need to bring awareness to ending senseless gun violence.

By sharing their personal and powerful stories, They have encourage diverse audiences – from colleges and legal professionals to community and family organizations – to become more educated on ways to keep their loved ones safe and empower themselves to become catalysts for social change.
Michael Che
Michael Che
Having been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” Buzzfeed's "50 Hottest Men in Comedy," and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch,” Che is quickly leaving his mark on the media landscape. A native of lower Manhattan, Che’s comedy uses humor to identify humanity in the most controversial actions. He applies street culture to world issues with a delivery that The New York Times describes as "a reflective, laid-back stage presence with jokes that draw as much from his city upbringing…as from blunt, insightful points that bring the abstract into focus.”

Che is currently the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s iconic “Weekend Update” segment where he is also a staff writer for the show. Prior to joining SNL, he was part of “The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!” as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy & Peabody Award-winning program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Che has performed stand-up on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers and on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman. In 2016, he released his first hour-long stand-up special entitled Michael Che Matters on Netflix. His first special aired in 2014 on Comedy Central’s The Half-Hour stand-up series.
Kerry Coddett
Kerry Coddett
Kerry Coddett [Cah-dit] is a New York- based comedian, actress, and writer. Born and raised in Brooklyn to Caribbean parents, Kerry draws comedic inspiration from her colorful surroundings and offers a uniquely unapologetic perspective that is both irreverent and insightful. A stand up comedian with a modern storytelling style, Kerry is edgy and energetic, while still finding hilarious ways to skewer the status quo. The comedy news site, The Interrobang recently published an in-depth profile of Kerry called Kerry Coddett Brooklyn Comedian and Rising Star. They tout Kerry as ".... a natural performer....[with] a stage presence so engaging, it’s infectious...You just know she is going to be a star...."
Jon Benjamin
Jon Benjamin
Born in Worcester, MA, H. Jon Benjamin has garnered an extensive list of credits as a writer, producer and actor in some of television's most entertaining series. Along with his role on BOB'S BURGERS, Benjamin is the voice of "Sterling Archer" on "Archer," which garnered him a 2010 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. Benjamin also produced and starred in the cable comedy series "Jon Benjamin Has a Van."

Benjamin provided the voice of "Dr. Katz's" lazy son, "Ben," in the animated series "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" from 1995-1999. In 2006, he and David Cross co-created the animated series "Freak Show." Benjamin also teamed up with Demetri Martin as a writer and co-producer of "Important Things with Demetri Martin."

Other credits include "Home Movies," FAMILY GUY, "Assy McGee," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "The Venture Bros."
Larry Murphy
Larry Murphy
Larry Murphy began performing standup comedy in 1997 at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Soon after he teamed up with Brendon Small. Together they performed sketches & Rock Operas until 2001. Murphy is a voice actor renowned for his versatility. He voiced all of the main characters on the Adult Swim comedy series Assy McGee and has lent his voice to several Soup2Nuts animated shows including O'Grady, Home Movies, Comedy Central's Ugly Americans, and Word Girl. He voices Teddy in the animated Fox series Bob's Burgers. He has also appeared as a sketch actor on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and has a recurring role as "Jay the Doorman" on the Adult Swim live-action series Delocated.
Maeve Higgins
Maeve Higgins
Maeve Higgins is the host of the hit podcast Maeve In America: Immigration IRL. She has performed all over the world, including in her native Ireland, Edinburgh, Melbourne and, most recently, Erbil. Now based in New York, she's made a name for herself there too. In a good way! She co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk on National Geographic and has appeared in Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. Her work has been published in The New York Times and The Irish Times, and she is writing a book of essays for Penguin due for publication later this year.
Jon Glaser
Jon Glaser
Jon Glaser is an actor, comedian and writer. He created and starred in Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, a mini-series which recently aired on adult swim. He played Councilman Jamm in Parks and Recreation, and Laird on Girls. He was an Emmy nominated writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Inside Amy Schumer, the creator and star of the adult swim series Delocated, and the author of My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top.
Negin Farsad
Negin Farsad
Negin Farsad was named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post, named one of the 10 Best Feminist Comedians by Paper Magazine, and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She has written for/appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, IFC, Nickelodeon and others. She is director/producer of the feature films Nerdcore Rising starring Weird Al Yankovicand The Muslims Are Coming! starring Jon Stewart, David Cross and Lewis Black (both available on Netflix). Her next film 3rd Street Blackout, starring Janeane Garofalo and Ed Weekswill be released in 2016 along with a book How to Make White People Laugh (published by Grand Central, a division of Hachette).
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Gbenga Akinnagbe

Activist, actor and entrepreneur are just a few traits to describe the multi-faceted rising star Gbenga Akinnagbe. Perhaps best known for his career defining turn as “Chris Partlow” in “The Wire,” Gbenga can currently be seen as a scene stealer in Kathryn Bigelow’s crime drama Detroit with John Boyega and next in Amazon Studios’ Crown Heights, which hits theaters on August 25. He has also reunited with “The Wire” creator David Simon as a series regular in the new HBO series “The Deuce” with James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, which will premiere on September 10. Set in NYC during the 1970s and 1980s porn and prostitution scene, Gbenga plays “Larry Brown,” an intense and demanding pimp who physically intimidates his stable of women but also has moments that betray a conflicted, underlying humanity.


Gbenga recently wrapped shooting a starring role in All the Devil’s Men opposite Milo Gibson and William Fitchner and a supporting role in Goldie with Rosie Perez for Vice Films. He is currently filming the indie comedy EGG with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp.


The son of two Nigerian parents, Gbenga Akinnagbe (pronounced Ben-gah Ah-kin-nah-begh) was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and after a rough upbringing, credits his love of wrestling to help carve his path as an actor. Wrestling got him to Bucknell University where he graduated with a double major of English and Political Science and then worked for the federal government. Gbenga soon became curious about acting and started researching the craft and then landed a job as an extra on the HBO series “The Wire.” That extra gig led to Gbenga later being cast in the recurring role of “Chris Partlow” where he ultimately became a series regular for the last two seasons.


Soon after “The Wire,” Gbenga landed starring and recurring roles on such hit shows as “24: Live Another Day,” “Barbershop,” “The Following,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “The Good Wife.” A veteran of the stage, Gbenga performed in The Oedipus Plays at the Shakespeare Theatre and Romeo & Juliet in Washington DC, View From 151st Street for Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Labryinth Theater Company off-Broadway and earned acclaim for his turn in the one man show The Thin Place.


In film, Gbenga has appeared in numerous films including The Taking of Pelham 123, Lottery Ticket, Heart, Baby!, Independence Day: Resurgence and as the producer and lead of Knucklehead which went on to win numerous awards in the film festival circuit. He also produced the indie film Newlyweeds which was sold at Sundance 2013. As a writer, Gbenga wrote an episode of the Sony online series “The Unknown” and has been a freelance writer for The New York Times.


Off screen, Gbenga has his own lifestyle brand, Liberated People, a t-shirt company, which has created powerful online movements like #OurSonTrayvon with various celebrities wearing hoodies and a percentage of sales going to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, an organization to end gun violence, and #PatriarchyIsABitch, where they donate a portion of sales to Black Women’s Blueprint which recognizes the contributions of feminist freedom fighters. In addition, Gbenga can add interior designer to his credits as the founder of Enitan Vintage where he redesigns vintage and antique furniture in the same Dutch wax-resist fabrics that are a fashion staple in West Africa, which allows the consumer to “sit on a story.”

Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/