An open comedy competition that simultaneously benefits the arts and sustainable agriculture? That’s radical.
As a (relative) newcomer to Seattle, I’m enjoying learning about the diverse organizations and causes with roots in the Pacific Northwest. Each month, I will highlight a local group whose radical work inspires me to be more radical in my own work and daily life.
For the second year in a row, Comedy Contest for a Cause will combine comedy, the arts, and social change into one great event. Last year, comedians performed sketches that promoted moving the world beyond oil toward sustainable energy use. This year’s theme is Food of the Future with the aim of increasing awareness about sustainable agriculture and raising money for local farm and permaculture project Morethana Farm.
Led and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, Morethana Farm is a six-acre working organic agriculture and agroforestry project located 35 miles outside downtown Seattle. The farm is supported by a partnership of several local organizations, including Antioch University Seattle, sustainable agriculture nonprofit Pacific Bamboo Resources, and clean energy nonprofit SeaChar.
Comedy Contest for a Cause aims to educate the public on the importance of sustainable agriculture while supporting and encouraging people to express themselves through art and comedy. An open call for stand up and sketches allows anyone to write a sketch and have a chance to perform. The winner, selected by a panel of judges, will receive bragging rights and a $500 cash prize. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Morethana Farm.
Image by Eliza Mutino, Sterling College.