Comedians from the Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas will perform at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a benefit for the victims of the Lafayette shooting at the Grand 16 movie theater.
The event is part of Delete Comedy’s weekly open mic nights at The Station Sports Bar & Grill. All money collected from the show will go towards the victims and their families. The event will also feature drink specials and door prizes. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Robert Rau started Delete Comedy’s open mic night more than three years ago. When Lafayette comedian Jason Leonard did benefit shows in New Orleans and Lafayette, Rau gave Leonard the first available night at The Station.
“We have had a connection with the Lafayette scene for a long time,” Rau said. “Lafayette has been doing a lot of great shows. They had their charity show, and 400 people showed up. When I saw that, I wanted to help out, and I asked if Jason [Leonard] would be kind enough to come by to our open mic night.”
Rau said that all three comedy scenes in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans have one common goal — to bring good shows to their respective cities. Next week’s show will be another example of how each scene is working together.
“We are all too small to be super competitive with each other,” Rau said. “We try to help each other out as much as possible.”
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