By Bill Parry
A well-known Long Island City comedy club will be hosting a fundraising event this Sunday in aid of New York Cares and Hurricane Sandy Relief.
The Laughing Devil Comedy Club, located at 47-38 Vernon Blvd., is asking attendees to bring their lightly used winter coats as part of the 24th annual New York Cares coat drive.
The drive was moved up two weeks in order to fill the huge need caused by Hurricane Sandy. New York Cares hopes to collect a record 50,000 coats throughout the city this year.
The event will also include a bake sale, sweets and a professional photographer who will take portraits of children. All proceeds will go to charity. The club is donating the space as well as half of the proceeds from its bar.
“This is being run by a bunch of LIC moms, one of which is my wife,” said Jacob Morvay, the owner of the establishment. It is appropriately named: The Sticky Fingers and Snapshots fundraising event.
Morvay and his partner Steve Hoffstetter have transformed the year-old club into one of the comedy scene’s rising stars.
Scott Sharp, the general manager, explained the clubs popularity: “Big name comedians like it here because it’s intimate with seating for 60 customers—it’s a special little place.”
Artists like Todd Barry of “Louie” and Judah Friedlander of “30 Rock” perform new material on a semi-regular basis.
The more established Manhattan comedy clubs have been overrun by tourists for years.
“It’s real New Yorkers coming to watch comedy in their own neighborhood, and that’s cool,” Sharp said.
Details: Sunday Nov. 18th from 11- 1pm.
Location: The Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd.