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.