Comic Cure brings the Coral Cables Comedy festival to the University of Miami campus March 31. More than 20 local comedians take the stage at Cosford Cinema to compete for the title of “fan favorite.” A portion of the proceeds benefits the Public Relations Experience Program (PREP) in the School of Communication.
“As a UM alumnus, it’s not only rewarding to bring my work back to the very campus that taught me so much, but I feel it’s my responsibility to provide a learning opportunity for students,” explained co-founder Benjamin Leis. “UM and the School of Communication have such amazing programs, organizations, and offerings. We hope to highlight a few that evening.”
Leis has had a special connection with the University of Miami since he stepped foot on campus as a freshman from Philadelphia, Penn. in August of 2004. He was an active campus leader having pursued a degree in broadcast journalism and political science. After graduation, his involvement with the university increased as a volunteer leader for seven years and working professionally for the UM Alumni Association for approximately five years.
Comic Cure provides comedy in a special festival format where more than 20 comedians divided between the two shows perform their best material in three-minute sets. At the end of each show the audience votes for their favorite, choosing which comedian wins the grand prize and bragging rights.
Tickets are available in advance for $20 at CoralGablesComedyFestival.com. Tickets are also available for $30 the night of the show at Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146, as long as there are seats available. Ages 18 and older are welcome with discounted tickets for students. Parking is available for free on campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. with shows at 7 and 9 p.m.
The School of Communication Public Relations Experience Program (PREP) is a faculty-supervised course for students to take their knowledge out of the classroom and into the workplace. PREP is designed to provide students with hands-on experience “doing” their future careers. PREP provides a supervised workforce for special events, non-profits and sport organizations throughout South Florida.
Comic Cure produces live comedic events showcasing local performers to raise awareness, volunteers and funds for local charities. Created by brothers Benjamin and Richy Leis in 2015, Comic Cure combines the passions of both brothers while supporting deserving non-profits within the community.