The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its Disability Services Department with a comedy occasion on Friday.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews the Comedians with Disabilities Act (Part 1)

Laughter is really the perfect drugs if you’re a comic or a standup comedy fan residing with disabilities.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its Disability Services Department, which has served people with disabilities in Prince George’s County since 1974.

To mark the event, it’s going to host the Los Angeles-based comedy group Comedians with Disabilities Act for a particular comedy occasion on the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Bowie, Maryland, on Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.

“We are celebrating 50 years of service to the incapacity neighborhood in Prince George’s County,” therapeutic recreation specialist Genevieve Jennai informed WTOP.

“We have been together with people with disabilities earlier than the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed in 1990. We began off with our Special Populations Division, which has grown into our Disability Services Team. What’s the purpose of getting packages with out all people included?”

Communications and advertising and marketing supervisor Alex Brown added, “The largest factor is simply ensuring that each one of our communities have entry to the required assets and helps which might be accessible to them and simply ensuring we’re advocates in addition to highlighting the totally different occasions and alternatives which might be accessible.”

Formed in 2010, the Comedians with Disabilities Act has been touring the nation for over a decade.

“This group of 17 comedians are coming over on Friday and so they’re simply gonna put their present on and hopefully will hit not simply the incapacity neighborhood however all people else who likes comedy or needs to study,” Jennai mentioned.

The occasion will function San Francisco comic Mean Dave, who’s in his tenth yr of habit restoration and has opened for the likes of Jay Mohr. Michael Beers, who gained Funny Fest in Calgary and opened for the late Gilbert Gottfried, will even carry out.

You’ll additionally see Nia G, who overcame a stutter and dyslexia to launch her 2023 comedy album “Stutterer Interrupted,” which debuted at No. 1 within the comedy class on each iTunes and Amazon.

“I’ve seen them carry out a few occasions,” Jennai mentioned.

“I advisable bringing them in for this occasion as a result of they do have disabilities and might converse particularly to the incapacity neighborhood, in addition to give some form of background and open up the dialog about individuals with disabilities with some humor connected to it for individuals who don’t actually perceive them. They simply wish to be extra inclusive of individuals with disabilities.”

Tickets value $19 for balcony seats, $22 for orchestra seats or $24 for front-of-orchestra seats. You may also buy VIP tickets for $30, together with a meet-and-greet with the comedians after the present within the black-box theater with gentle refreshments served, in addition to beer and wine accessible for buy on the money bar.

“It’s very a lot directed towards residing with a incapacity, their private experiences and what they’ve come throughout of their lifetimes,” Jennai mentioned.

“Being capable of relate their tales so poignantly to what they’ve skilled in life and share humor as a substitute of the adverse facet of interacting with people who don’t have disabilities — they’ve a really constructive expertise on one thing that lots of people have a look at as a adverse expertise.”

“At the tip of the day, we’re simply all common individuals,” program director Nyjel Green informed WTOP. “It’s an entertaining piece but in addition an informative piece to indicate that no matter incapacity or non-disability, we’re on a regular basis individuals with the power to stay, study and prosper.”

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