Comedians aim to provide pandemic relief at Clark State show

Tisa Braddy will be one of four comedians who will perform Saturday at the Chalk de Peace Night of Comedy at the Clark State Performing Arts Center's Turner Studio Theatre. Contributed photo
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Tisa Braddy will be one of four comedians who will perform Saturday at the Chalk de Peace Night of Comedy at the Clark State Performing Arts Center's Turner Studio Theatre. Contributed photo

The pandemic didn’t have many people laughing. But if laughter is the best medicine, consider Tisa Braddy your nurse.

Already a motivational speaker in the area, being a comedy fan led Braddy to put together shows for small crowds last year and she invited area comedians to entertain. People wanting live shows and laughs responded, and now she’s ready to provide more.

The Chalk de Peace Night of Comedy will include four diverse comedians at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clark State Performing Arts Center’s Turner Studio Theatre. The show is recommended for ages 18 and older and tickets will be available online or at the door.

Braddy claims she’s always been funny, recalling being asked by her mom at age 11 to cheer up someone who was sick. While she leaves the punchlines to others, Braddy is more than happy to set them up.

“I’m not a comedian, I’m a lover of the art, I love to see people’s laughter and this is an honor to have this partnership with Clark State,” she said.

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Monitoring the comedy scenes in cities from Dayton to Columbus, Braddy watches for talent to recruit for Chalk de Peace shows. She chose four to perform Saturday with each bringing different levels of experience, including some who’ve worked with big-name comedians: Marcus Martin, Chris Karwoski, Dionte Allen and Wyatt Lutz.

Martin’s comedy comes from his real-life experiences in a raw style. He’s opened for big names such as Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and Gary Owen.

Karwoski may be familiar to Springfield audiences from his own sets and hosting the monthly comedy nights at the Market Bar at COHatch.

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A story teller who connects with people through comedy, Allen is a well-traveled comedian and Lutz is a known on the Dayton comedy scene and has worked alongside Dave Chappelle.

Braddy said the material is mostly clean and she chose a diverse set of comedians the audience can relate to.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and attendees can enjoy Silent Disco headphones with music from two DJs and can even get a massage from a licensed massage therapist prior to the show, included in the ticket price.

“This lets people loosen up and get ready to laugh,” Braddy said. “Comedy can connect a community. That’s what I want to do.”

A second Chalk de Peace comedy show will be Nov. 20 with comedians Jodi McDermitt, Deandre Stringer and Keith Bender.


HOW TO GO

What: Chalk de Peace Night of Comedy

Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center Turner Studio Theatre, 300 South Fountain Ave., Springfield

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Admission: $22.00 (plus fees)

More info: 937-328-3874 or go to pac.clarkstate.edu/shows/2021-2022-season/