Comics for Kids to hold show in Clinton Township

Benefits Children’s Hospital of Michigan

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 8, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Justin Divozzo believes it’s a great community cause and a way of supporting the local art scene.

Divozzo runs Crossroads Comedy, which is hosting a comedy show later this month.

“I started it in an attempt to get local comics from the metro Detroit area involved in charities and foundations,” he said.

Over the last five years, Crossroads Comedy has held numerous benefit shows to raise money and donations to organizations such as Backpacks for Kids, Gleaners Food Bank, Wounded Warriors Foundation and the Humane Society.

“We raise these donations by having comedy shows and donating all proceeds to the said organization,” Divozzo said. “It’s a really great time and such an awesome way to get the local metro Detroit comedy scene involved in helping our community.”

The next show, “Comics for Kids,” is set for Dec. 17 at the Rusty Nail in Clinton Township, located at 35703 Groesbeck Highway. It begins at 8 p.m. and is for those age 18 and older. All proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

“We like to have diversity and try to keep the shows different,” Divozzo said. “I like to get involved with as many things as we can.”

He noted that being involved with the Children’s Hospital was something he’s wanted to do for a long time.

“When you think about it, that’s a gut-wrenching thought that something could happen to your child,” Divozzo said. “I have a daughter, and to me, if I had to leave my daughter in the care of other people, I want to make sure that care is the best it possibly can be, and I believe it is at Children’s Hospital.”

The headliner is Cam Rowe, Divozzo is the host, and Sam Rager is the featured comic.

“You’re doing something for a great cause, and every person who buys a ticket and donates is becoming part of helping the community,” Divozzo said when asked why folks should consider attending. “You’re also getting involved in local entertainment and supporting the local art scene.”

Rowe is from TruTv’s Storage Hunters, where he played The Green Mile.

“He’s an absolutely hilarious human being who’s been doing comedy for about eight years now,” Divozzo said. “He’s been overseas doing shows and a lot in Michigan. He’s a great person, as well.”

Rager, a stand-up comedian for almost a decade, released a comedy special “Trigger Warning” in 2019.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity to use creativity to raise money for an amazing cause,” she said. “I think helping to ensure these kids have a good holiday season is a bright light in my day, as well.”

As a comedian, Rager said she gets to do a variety of benefit shows. This will be the first benefit show she will be doing for children.

“She’s a really good comic who knows how to push the boundaries right and is an amazing human being,” Divozzo said. “These comics are donating their time to this event, as well, so it’s because of them that we can make these events happen.”

Last year, Crossroads Comedy was inactive due to the pandemic. Divozzo, of Roseville, said even now it’s difficult to organize comedy events and that venues are harder to obtain.

He mentioned that, in having the comedy show, Crossroads Comedy is trying to make the community stronger and help folks in need.

“Around Christmas time, I’m sure those families are going through a ton,” Divozzo said. “It feels good to do something special and for all the local comedians, as well, to do our part to take care of children.”

Rager said the night will include a lot of laughs and memories.

He hopes the show will bring in over $1,000 on tickets. People can donate directly to the Children’s Hospital at justgiving.com/fundraising/crossroadscomedy.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at crossroadscomedy.ticketleap.com/comics-for-kids.

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