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 pmThe Bell House
$35 GA / $50 Rsvd / $200 VIP
This event is 21 and over
*Please note this event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.https://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1773625/
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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Brooklyn, New York, 11215