Comedy Show Raises Funds for Mentor Program

Lucas Yepez, Staff Writer

The SPARK Committee hosted a Comedy Night fundraiser Thursday in the student center, an event filled with laughter, entertainment and delicious food and drinks. The room, decorated with blue balloons, was full of people who were ready to be amused.

SPARK, which stands for Students Providing Assistance, Resources and Knowledge, is an organization on campus that provides mentors to new students.

Its goal is to help new students adjust and move forward in their education.

The funds go toward raising money for scholarships available to SPARK mentees.

The mentees have to be nominated by their mentors in order to receive a scholarship.

The SPARK committee consists of Hoover Zariani, Nane Kokosian, Allen Andreassian and Armineh Gourgian.

“Scholarships are given to outstanding students who show a great amount of participation and community service projects,” said Andrea Gomez, ambassador from the Center for Student Involvement.

English-American comedian and host of the event David Conolly, was the first to perform.

“Suicide is punishable by death,” social commentary, capital punishment, British sports and salmon in strawberry DNA were part of his repertoire. Conolly has had an extensive career as a comedian. He was selected as one of the top 10 headline comedians in L.A.. He has also performed all over the U.S. and Europe, and appeared on television.

Ashley Hernandez followed Conolly’s with jokes about marijuana, L.A. people and Compton. Comedians Caterina Franco, Brett Banta and Byron Valino were also on the program.

Tony Ming, another comic, said he works at CSUN as a guidance counselor, in addition to being a commedian, producer, and appears at Flappers in Burbank and the Comedy Store in Hollywood.

“I’m preventing the wrong type of people from fulfilling their dreams,” he said.

With a crowded room full of content and smiling people, it seemed likely that the SPARK program would achieve its funding expectations.