Comic Relief – A Benefit for COTS

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When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10

Where: FlynnSpace, 147 Main St. Burlington, VT 05401

Tickets: $40 until 10/31/13 (includes $15 additionaldonation), $25 after Halloween.

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Details: The event is a fundraiser for COTS. After expenses, all money raised will be donated to COTS. In order to maximize the benefit to COTS, tickets will be sold for $40 until Halloween and will drop to $25 on Nov. 1, 2013. The $40 ticket price includes an additional donation of $15 for COTS. If you can afford to, please purchase your tickets before Nov. 1. All of the performers are enthusiastically donating their time to COTS.

Some mature content — Parents, please note there will be some profanity and suggestive content.
For show info, contact Kathleen Kanz

Comic Relief was a comedy benefit that first aired in 1986 on HBO. It was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, showcased 47 comics and raised $2.5 million to help people who were homeless. Comedian Kathleen Kanz works in affordable housing, admires the work of COTS, and is the founder of the Green Mountain Comedy Festival.

It occurred to her that she could combine those things and create Comic Relief – A Benefit for COTS. COTS provides emergency shelter, services and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. They believe in in the value and dignity of every human life, that housing is a fundamental human right, and that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness.

Silent Online Ticket Auction

In addition to the tickets sold on Flynntix, five pairs of front row seats will be auctioned off through an online silent auction. Bids for a pair of tickets and contact information should be emailed to

Bids may be submitted until midnight on Halloween, Oct. 31, 2013. The five highest bidders will be notified by email on Friday, Nov. 1. COTS will need to receive payment for the tickets in order for the seats to be reserved. Winners of tickets will have the seats of their choice reserved for them.

Comedian Bios

    • Kathleen Kanz hosts and produces comedy shows in Vermont. She’s the founder of the Green Mountain Comedy Festival and has jokes in two books – She’s So Funny and Squeaky Clean Comedy.
    • Phil Davidson Phil Davidson is a writer and performer, originally from Chicago. He was a 2012 Funniest Comic in Vermont semi-finalist and a 2013 Higher Ground Comedy Battle finalist.
    • Autumn Engroff Spencer is a mom and a teacher and a Vermont Comedy Diva. Very funny.
    • John Rodgers owns and operates J S Rodgers Masonry, which specializes in dry stonework. He also serves as a Vermont State Senator for the Essex/Orleans District. Laughter is the best medicine, and John wants to give you a dose. #RodgersRocks
    • Joel Chaves grew up in Hardwick, Vermont.  He went to college. Now he’s a waiter and a bartender with a student loan to pay off and a budding comedy career. He’s always had great hair.
    • Tracie Spencer performs throughout New England, in numerous comedy venues and benefit shows. She’s been a finalist in the Higher Ground Comedy Battle and the Funniest Comic in Vermont contest. She was selected for the 2011 Women in Comedy Festival, was voted Funniest Female in New England in 2012. She’s a member of the Vermont Comedy Divas.

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