Stand Up NY Gives Comedy Pass to Federal Workers Affected by Government Shutdown

Stand Up NY Gives Comedy Pass to Federal Workers Affected by Government Shutdown

What can comedy do for the some 800,000 federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown?

Stand Up NY, a live comedy club on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, announced plans to give furloughed federal workers a free yearlong membership to LaughPass, which provides unlimited access to a network of comedy venues across the country.

In addition to access to comedy shows, the pass includes a free guest ticket (one per show), a free drink upon arrival, VIP seating and advance access to shows.

“We’re not solving world peace,” said Stand Up NY co-owner Dani Zoldan, “but if we can add a little joy to people’s lives by giving them access to a free and fun comedy experience whenever they wish — I’m thrilled and grateful that I’m in a position to do that.”

As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history stretches into its fourth week, the comedy initiative joins a growing number of institutions — including the New-York Historical Society and many Association of Art Museum Directors museums — that are offering free admission and other services to federal workers.