What joke! The Santa Barbara Laugh Festival plans to put us in a better mood

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — After COVID, mudslides, fires, unemployment, and maybe a too-fast bike falling on you while you’re shopping, the Santa Barbara Laugh Festival hopes to put you in a better mood this week.

Co-producers Luis More and Samantha “Sam” Bear say society as a whole needs comedy’s help after so many challenges over the past few years.

They staged shows all over Santa Barbara with comedy newbies and pros alike for about two years, even during the pandemic when people weren’t always comfortable coming together and bursting into laughter. , sometimes next to someone else’s face.

Tuesday night at Augie’s bar in Santa Barbara Tequila, Moro said this week he had three days of comedy with 30 comedians.

The event will take place on the back stage of the Red Piano on the downtown Santa Barbara boardwalk.

Thursday it will be local comedians, from 805.
Friday will be wide open with international comedians.
On Saturday there will be comedians who are about to appear nationally.

Moro says that “laughter helps to heal, to unite and to create peace, with the person who is laughing”.

He was a victim of the Montecito debris flow and faced a huge setback in 2018. Coming out and moving forward, he says laughter made a big difference.

Moro wants to share this with others.

He’s been known to say that if you’re having a bad day or feeling depressed, go see a stand-up comedy.

“The Santa Barbara Laugh Festival is committed to being part of the conversation that makes a difference,” Moro said.

Bear jokes that she and Moro will be “co-parenting” the festival. She has competed on stage with Jimmy Kimmel’s Funniest College Student in American competition, appearances at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club and the 2020 Laughs Unlimited competition. She’s been hosting comedy shows all over Santa Barbara for months.

Moro is an actor, director, producer, comedian and event manager who wants to bring a new burst of positive energy and new entertainment to the community.

Judges for the local festival night will include Teresa Kuskey Nowak from La Boheme Professional Productions, Abe Powell from Bucket Brigade, Drew Wakefield from Cork and Fork 805 radio and “Best Of” honored DJ Darla Bea.

(more details, photos and video will be added here later today)
For more information: Santa Barbara Laughter Festival

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