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Make Sure You Laugh - Comedy for a Cause: Benefiting Antwon Rose II's Family

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Come out for a night filled with laughter as your favorite local comedians take to the stage for Make Sure You Have Fun™ Presents: Make Sure You Laugh. Cozy atmosphere, tasty pizza & hilarious acts!


But it isn't all jokes, folks, all proceeds will benefit Antwon Rose II's Family



Join us on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 for our fourth show in this new series with comedians Samantha BentleyMike Wysocki and Brandon Johnson. All hosted by SYLA Pgh's Samantha Black!


5.1.19


Spirit Lodge


Doors 8:00PM

Show 8:30PM


$10 Advance Tickets

$12 Day Of Show


ALL PROCEEDS benefit Antwon Rose II's Family


Support them directly via Cash App at $AntwonsMother

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Samantha Bentley

A Pittsburgh-based comedienne, is co-founder and Chief Talent Officer for BentWilli Entertainment, LLC, Samantha has over ten years of stand-up experience and performs in various venues in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Samantha's career started in a sketch comedy show titled "Off Da Grill", where she played Crazy Cakes. She has opened up for Eddie Griffin, Michael Blackson, Tony Roberts, Zainab Johnson, and was the winner of the 2016 Improv Comedy Club stand-up comedy contest. Samantha is the co-creator and star of an ongoing improvised stand-up comedy show...Three Women, One Mic.


Bragging Rights:

-Over 10 years stand-up comedy experience.

-Winner of the 2016 Improv Contest

-Opened for Eddie Griffin, Michael Blackson, Tony Roberts, and Zainab Johnson

-Performed in various venues and for private functions in Pittsburgh and surrounding area and Cleveland

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Mike Wysocki


Mike Wysocki is a popular Pittsburgh comedian known for regularly contributing to the WDVE Morning Show and hosting his own podcast, The Mike Wysocki Show, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Mike is notable for his strong writing skills and sardonic look at American life, and he regularly contributes his humor and insights to the Pittsburgh Current. Mike made his national television debut on the Arsenio Hall Show after winning the Inaugural Jack Rollins Breakthrough Talent Competition at the Cabo Comedy Festival. He regularly performs at comedy clubs across the country and has opened for acts like Norm Macdonald, Billy Gardell, Tommy Chong, Judah Friedlander, Craig Shoemaker, Bobby Slayton, Mark Eddie and many others.

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Brandon Johnson


Brandon Johnson has been entertaining crowds with his brand of stand up comedy for 5 years. For some time before that he was affectionately known as "Pittsburgh's #1 Superfan" amongst other stand up comedians for seemingly always being at there open mics and shows. Known for his distinct laughter in the crowd and informed opinion amongst the comedians, he engendered lasting friendships amongst the other comedians. In 2013 he went from fan to performer doing his 1st stand up set at the The BeerHive in Pittsburgh. In that time since he's hosted for Steve Byrne ("Sullivan and Sons", TBS, Netflix, Showtime) at the Pittsburgh Improv. He's performed multiple times in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He's also performed at Broadway Comedy Club (NY), New York Comedy Club, Greenwich Village & Grisly Pear Comedy Clubs (NY), The Stress Factory (NJ), Green Frog Inn (WV), and other places around Pittsburgh. He's performed at benefits for community centers, brain aneurysm research, and animal conservancy. He's entertained multi ethnic rooms with his unique observations on sports, pop culture, race, single life, and workplace customs. From 10 to 90 and all ages in between he's entertained both intimate crowds and those of over 200 customer sellout comedy clubs. Mostly clean and irreverent, he's a comedian on the rise and looking to leave all future crowds better than they were before the show.


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Samantha Black


Samantha was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica. At the age of 10, she moved to the United States when her father joined the United States Military. Living in Pittsburgh, she attended Miller African Centered Academy, Rogers Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts, St. Benedict the Moor School, and Oakland Catholic High School. Early on, it was clear that Samantha was a creative with many gifts. During her school years, she was involved in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance, public speaking, choir, creative writing, the "Future Cities" program and the Oakland Catholic Step Team, to name a few.


At the age of 18, Samantha joined the United States Army as an Ammunition Technician and Petroleum Supply Specialist. During her military years, she served at the 1st Battalion 61st Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the 832nd Ordnance Battalion at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, the 1st Battalion 52nd Aviation Regiment and the 6th Squadron 17th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Wainwright Alaska, and the 962nd Ordnance Company at Schenectady, New York. In 2014, Samantha received an honorable discharge from the active duty army to transition to the Army Reserves with several awards and battalion coins, such as the Good Conduct Medal and several battalion coins for cadence calling.


Samantha then attended college for Hospitality Management and worked in the hospitality industry with Hilton Hotels. It didn’t take long for Samantha’s love of art to resurface. Seeking an opportunity to leverage her various passions and talents, she began her entrepreneurial career by establishing an initiative called "Support Your Local Artist" or "SYLA" for short. She was quickly recognized for her efforts and won second place at "Startup Weekend". Samantha has since worked with organizations and artists to further their careers, young students to cultivate their talent, and as a connector of businesses and local artists. Samantha has designed business plans and programs for organizations throughout Pittsburgh.


Samantha’s current art production medium of choice is light manufacturing in which she works with laser cutters, 3D printers, and welding. She focuses on projects and events at the intersection of art and social change. Her work has been displayed around the city and is generally acquired by collectors. A gifted creative writer, Samantha has also been published by popular websites such as "Very Smart Brothas", "Next Pittsburgh", and "Nubian Impulse".


Samantha Black currently serves on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Partners Board and Community Advisory Board, Hill District arts council (#ArtsInHD), the Mayor’s Startup and Entrepreneur Advisory Council, and the CITY program with Penn State University. She recently served on the artist selection and design committee for the I-579 CAP project, a $27 Million urban revitalization and greenspace project federally funded by the US Department of Transportation. Samantha also worked as the legislative assistant to the State Representative of the 19th Legislative District and Democratic Chairman of the House Finance Committee, Jake Wheatley Jr.


In recent months, Samantha has become a published author of her first children's book "The Little Bear On My Finger". (For purchase, click here.)


She is now a curator and consultant for SYLA Pgh where she tackles diversity, equity in funding, arts and culture, and socioeconomics.


In her most challenging and rewarding endeavor yet, Samantha is the mother of two inquisitive, bright and active little people, Gabriel (7) and Tori (6).

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