Charity, Celebrity Events Honor National Humor Month


All-star comic Rodney Perry, comedienne Crystal Powell and friends host charitable events in Houston April 23-26

HOUSTON – APRIL 14, 2015—The statement “laughter is the best medicine” may be more than a cliché. April is National Humor Month, and Americans are taking time out from their hectic lives to simply, laugh. NationalHumor Month was founded in 1976 by best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. The observance was designed to bring national awareness to the therapeutic value of laughter. Houston-based comedienne Crystal Powell has joined forces with national comics and charities to honor the true spirit of National Humor Month.

Comedy is a way of release and healing for Powell. She performs stand-up across the country and has appeared alongside comedic powerhouses such as Mike Epps, Rodney Perry and Nick Cannon.

“Both my parents died at a young age,” said Powell. “I realized I could either bottle up my feelings, or find a healthy outlet. We all have struggles, so I chose to help others heal from their own pain through a good, cathartic laugh.”

Research reveals that laughter helps fight disease by releasing endorphins (the body’s “feel good” chemicals) into the system. In the 1970s, professor Norman Cousins successfully battled his own life-threatening illness by watching Marx Brothers comedies. He discovered that just 10 minutes of deep laughter allowed him to sleep through the night pain free. He expanded his findings into the bestselling book and film, “Anatomy of An Illness.” Presently, the long-standing Cancer Treatment Centers of America incorporate laughter therapy along with their conventional cancer treatments.

Powell is hosting a four-day series of events April 23-26, 2015 in honor of National Humor Month. The itinerary kicks off with a private performance for the children living in the Ronald McDonald House on April 23rd–a nod to the “Patch Adams” film role played by Emmy-award winning actor Robin Williams. He portrayed the real-life doctor and clown who brought joy to terminally-ill children. Crystal will also co-host the 6th annual Stop The Silence Walk on April 25th, which attracts thousands of cancer survivors and community members each year. The events will culminate with a comedy show featuring headliner Rodney Perry from The Monique Show, HBO, and Tyler Perry films. The partnering charities are the Ronald McDonald House Houston, which offers a home for families with seriously-ill children being treated in the Texas Medical Center, and Sisters Network, Inc., which increases awareness of the devastating impact of breast cancer in the African American community.

Robin Williams, found dead of apparent suicide in 2014, was known for his comedic genius. Williams said that comedy “comes out of a deeper, darker side” that many people battle. Powell and her partners want to shed some light onto that darkness through humor, and they invite the Houston community to join them.



4 pm: Private Event at the Ronald McDonald House Houston. Comedian Crystal Powell will entertain the children and families residing in the Holcombe location.

7-9 pm: Hula Hoop for Humor. Enjoy Hula Hoop Performances by master hoop dancers Amy Neel and Madison from Mad About Hoops. They will teach tricks and techniques along with host, comedian Crystal Powell. This is a true “happy hour” with cocktails, games, and prizes. RSVP FREE at


 9:30 am: Join national cancer awareness organization, Sisters Network Inc, and co-host comedian Crystal Powell for the 6th Annual Stop the Silence Walk held at Discovery Green Park. Sponsored in part by MD Anderson Cancer Center, Walgreens, and Yoplait. Visit for more information or to register.

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 26th

8 pm: Get ready for non-stop laughs with all-star comedian Rodney Perry, host Crystal Powell and friends as they present comedy for a cause. Tickets available at A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sisters Network, Inc.



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