Supporting a cause through laughter therapy

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By: Maegan Hall, Photo Editor

For his Capstone project, senior Rohan Aibara thought of doing a Comic Relief night. Aibara chose to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after reading about laughter therapy and how it helps patients with cancer become more positive.

“I found myself reading the page for St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital about laughter therapy and how that’s used to help cancer patients there recuperate with some depression or even just helping them get by day by day. Laughter therapy is actually a form of medicine,”  Aibara said.

Comedians from Comedysportz Improv, Micah White, and Allen Lucas are scheduled to perform at the event. All the comedians are performing without pay to support the cause.

“I was thinking ‘I can get these people from Comedy Central  to come over and get some local comedians as well’ and then I slowly started realizing I would have to pay a lot of money for a lot of comedians. Being a comedian is a full time job. [It’s] hard because you don’t know when your next gig is and you don’t know how much you’re going to get paid. They are always looking out for a paid event and not many of them are willing to commit to a volunteering event, even if it is for a good cause because they don’t know if they’re gonna have another offer come up on the same date where they could get paid” Aibara said.

To help support St. Jude and support local comedians, come to the James River Theatre on Friday March 20th and Saturday, March 21st. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights and costs $5 per seat each night. To get your tickets make a reservation at and pay for the tickets at the door.