On August 9th, 2016 at the New York Chapter of the National Urban Fellows (NUF) hosted a one-night fundraiser at the famous Gotham Comedy Club. The event featured Comedy Central’s The Daily Show Correspondent Roy Wood, Jr. and five up-and-rising NYC based comedians: Vince Chang, Kerry Coddett, Vince August, David Suarez, Michelle Felice Hartley and Alex Barnett. The comedic all-star line up took a break from their day – for Mr. Wood Jr., his ‘night job’ at the Daily Show with Trevor Noah to head the First Annual NUF Fundraiser and Comedy Show at Gotham Comedy Club. The show benefited the incoming cohort of 16 students enrolled in the 2016-2017 National Urban Fellows program.

My friends Zuleha and I at the Comedy Show
My friends Zuleha and I at the Comedy Show

Nearly 40 guests attended the pop up event by NUF alumna, Stefanie A. Smith class of 2015. After hearing about National Urban Fellows program, the laughter quickly began with host Vince Chang followed by National Urban Fellow alumna, Michelle Felice Hartley, and a host of comedic talent who brought down the house. My friend, Zuleha and I sat right next to the stage and were brought into the jokes but they weren’t too hard on us – thank God!  Lol!

NUF is a nonprofit organization that develops accomplished and courageous professionals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, particularly people of color and women, to be leaders and change agents in the public and non profit sectors, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity.



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For more information about National Urban Fellows go to www.nuf.org. [INSERT BOILERPLATE]


Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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