BRANCHBURG NJ - Raritan Valley Community College’s chapter of its Phi Theta Kappa honor society will present a stand-up comedy fundraiser on Thursday, November 12, from 7-9 p.m. The event will be held in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg Campus and will feature four headlining stand-up comedians who regularly perform along the East Coast: Julia Scotti (www.juliascotti.com), Tim Grill (www.timgrill.com), Joanne Filan (www.upstreamcomedy.com), and Dina Hashem (www.dinahashem.com).

“Laugh and the World Laughs with You???” focuses on the idea of tolerance. Every comic appearing on the show has had to deal directly with bigotry and discrimination. These experiences are either subtly or directly incorporated into their acts. Julia Scotti is transgendered, Dina Hashem is Muslim, Tim Grill has Spina Bifida, and Joanne Filan is gay. The comedians also will participate in a question-and-answer discussion following the show with questions focusing directly on the idea of tolerance.

All comedy show proceeds will be donated to the New York Museum of Tolerance (www.museumoftolerancenewyork.com), which challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts.

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The comedy show may include adult language, so no one under the age of 17 should attend without a parent or guardian.

Tickets, at $10 each, are available at the door. For additional information about the event, contact Steve Schwarz, steven.schwarz@raritanval.edu.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.  RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.