Laughter to raise funds for Duluth nonprofit


Special Photo Comedian David Ferrell hosts a clean night of comedy at the Aurora Theatre to raise money for The Rotary Club of Gwinnett County's fundraiser for Rainbow Village on Tuesday.


• What: Gwinnett Rotary Club’s comedy night

• When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $50

• For more information: Visit gwinnettrotary.org

LAWRENCEVILLE -- There's nothing funny about homelessness, but on Tuesday you can laugh knowing it's for a good cause.

As part of its 40th anniversary, the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County is hosting a comedy night at the Aurora Theatre to raise money for Rainbow Village, a Duluth nonprofit with the mission to "transform lives for homeless families with children of North Metro Atlanta through a community based transitional housing program that promotes self-sufficiency."

The funny man of the night is David Ferrell. He believes you don't have to be dirty to be funny. During his show, Ferrell impersonates Simon Cowell from "American Idol," famous cartoon characters (think Elmer Fudd singing Christmas carols), Darth Vader of "Star Wars" and disco singers The Bee Gees -- just to name a few. Plus, props including a fish bowl and bubble wrap are used in the routine where Ferrell sees fit.

He is also a motivational speaker and Christian comedian at churches. Over his 20-year career, Ferrell has earned three nominations for Inspirational Comedian of the Year, has been heard on Sirius/XM radio's "Laugh USA" and been named one of five "Hot Acts in America" by Event Solutions Magazine.

Proceeds from the evening go to the building campaign at Rainbow Village. It is currently in phase two of an expansion project that will see a $2.9 million community center added to the group's Duluth campus. The center includes a day care center, a media center, kitchen and dining hall, classrooms and a chapel.

The event is open to the public and suitable for all ages. The price of admission includes a dessert reception at 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Aurora, followed by Ferrell's show at 9 p.m.