Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy Showcase

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Drafthouse Comedy Theater
1100 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
*Location: Entrance is on L Street Between 13th and 14th Street*

Featuring Young Adult Cancer Survivors & Co-Survivors sharing comedic storytelling or stand-up comedy sets.
This group of young adult cancer survivors and Co-survivors has honed their skills and crafted hilarious stories and stand-up comedy sets for your enjoyment. Join us for a night of laughter and community as we blow off some steam and raise money for the DC Young Adult Cancer Community, an initiative of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Through the DC Young Adult Cancer Community, we provide a space for those living with cancer in their 20s, 30s and early 40s to meet others to vent, laugh, connect, and share resources. 

Advanced tickets have ended. A few at the door tickets will be available for $30 per person.

Meet the Comedians

Amanda Pollak

Amanda Pollak was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a teenager, in 2003, and finished treatment in 2006.  She is currently both an aspiring proposal writer and an aspiring cat lady.  Amanda took a comedy class at Wellesley College and had to do two stand-up performances.  she found saying the word “leukemia” in the second performance and seeing people laugh instead of flinching was liberating, and she is excited to be able to do that again.



Colleen Kearney

Colleen Kearney is making her first attempt at stand-up, so please be gentle.  When not at her day job, Colleen spends her time playing the bassoon, waiting on her dog, and fighting cancer.  Colleen thanks her incomparable family and friends for their unending love and support.  She also thanks her talented teachers and classmates for guiding her through this process and helping her to tell her story.




Daniel Immerman

Daniel Immerman has loved comedy all his life! His sense of humor helped him cope during and after his cancer diagnosis. In an effort to emulate some of his comedy idols, (George Carlin, Steve Martin, and Jim Gaffigan) he finally worked up the nerve to give stand-up a try! However, Daniel is no stranger to the spotlight. He has previously taken improv classes, and he delivered a humorous best-man speech at his brother’s wedding last summer that received rave reviews.


Hillah Culman

Hillah Culman is a project manager. It is no surprise that when she was diagnosed two year’s ago with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma she believed it be very natural to project manage her oncologist throughout treatment to ensure they stayed on schedule and minimized risks. She managed the schedule so closely, that she even crashed the schedule so she would be in remission just in time for fall foliage. Since her arrival in Washington, DC 11 years ago, she has participated in storytelling on and off, including Story District’s “My So-Called Jewish Life” at Sixth and I. Hillah has always been known for her dry dark sense of humor that came to a head during her eight rounds of chemo with her Instagram alter-ego “CancerBarbie34.” Since being in remission, Hillah has been known for her storytelling around dating, love, and all those “oh-so-fun” side effects of chemo during intimacy.


Justin Birckbichler

At age 25, Justin was diagnosed with Stage II testicular cancer. Now in remission, he committed to getting the ball rolling on raising awareness of men’s health and testicular cancer. Though he no longer has the pair he was born with, his new favorite pairing is humor and education. He was recognized as one of 15 People Who Raised Cancer Awareness in 2017, awarded Best Advocacy/Awareness Cancer Blog in 2017, and selected as the Hilarious Patient Leader in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards. Justin shares how we can stop dropping the ball on men’s health and how to use humor in awareness, even if it makes you sound like a nut.


Raegan Hoeft

Raegan Hoeft was born and raised in Central NJ.  She moved to Alexandria about 5 years ago for work and now calls the DMV her home. Raegan is a year post-treatment for a brain tumor that she named A-A-Ron. She spends her time testing her new brain with things like volunteering at the local thrift shop, Silver Sneakers yoga, crossing streets safely and stand-up comedy.



Tyler Jachetta

Tyler is an aspiring super mutant, but has to settle with being a fairly boring mutant. For now. He was diagnosed with Stage 3 brain cancer (Anaplastic Astrocytoma for the oncology nerds out there) early in 2018. He gratefully took part in the first Young Adult comedy class, hoping that it would help him learn out to not alienate everyone around him with how much he laughs at his diagnosis. He’s even more grateful to be part of this showcase and looks forward to even more laughing into the void.

About Charity Sade

Charity Sade is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.


December 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Categories:
Event Tags:


Erin Price, LGSW


Drafthouse Comedy Theatre
1100 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
+ Google Map
To Top