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Habitat for Humanity hosts virtual stand-up comedy brunch show on Saturday, May 9.

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Richmond Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Council has its own definition of BYOB: Build Your Own Brunch.

This Saturday, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is hosting a virtual comedy show and brunch as a fundraiser for its Women Build program. Every spring, the program builds a home in the Richmond area to improve someone’s housing situation; the build is also focused on encouraging women to come out and get involved with Habitat for Humanity.

As the pandemic has at least postponed this year’s planned project, the Women Build Council decided to host a virtual comedy show and brunch to keep their volunteers engaged and raise money for its projects.

“We were kind of joking that everybody needed a good laugh, so we tried to add a comedy element to it,” says Whitney Guthrie, Richmond Habitat for Humanity’s director of community engagement.

Hosted by local stand-up comedian Alida Harper, the hour-and-a-half show will feature sets by Liz Carr, Elani Nichelle, Beth Tucker, Bria Beddoe, Sarah Ahmed and Gigi Modrich. The latter is a Washington, D.C.-based comic who was part of the First Nations Comedy Experience, which can be viewed on Amazon Prime. Those involved say the sets will be PG-13.

As for the Build Your Own Brunch component, audience members will receive recipes for brunch foods, as well as instructions for cocktails and mocktails. For audience members who don’t wish to cook, audience members will also receive a list of restaurants currently offering brunch.

“We’re hoping to let folks know about a good cause and a great way to get engaged in their local community while having a good time,” Guthrie says.

Richmond Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Council’s Virtual Comedy Show & Brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 9. For more information, go here.

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