• 50°

Comics for MS headed up by Salisbury’s Romans


By Deirdre Parker Smith


CHARLOTTE — Multiple sclerosis is no joke, but sometimes the best way to deal with the bad things in life is through humor.

So a collection of Salisbury’s comedians will make you laugh while raising money to fight MS.

Comics at Fault: Stand Up Against MS, will be Aug. 27 at the McGlohan Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte. It will be a bunch of stand up routines and sketch comedy, along with music.

Brian Romans, Jacque Belliveau, Jason Roland, Jake Whaley, Kasey Cline and Sarah Lee, all members of Salisbury’s Comics at Fault, will perform, along with musicians Dave Myers of Take a Break and Courtney Puckett of Paper Wasps.

Three other standup comics will join the group, too, Lorenzo Gladden, Andy Slye and Jerry Brasco.

The fun starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30. All proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Belliveau has been doing some comedy fundraisers, and did one on New Year’s for Prevent Child Abuse Rowan.

Joined by Romans, whose wife, Jessica Buckwalter, has MS, they decided to do something to give back to the community. Romans said the troupe wants to do fundraisers whenever it can. “If we sold every seat at the McGlohan, it would be $21,000 for MS,” Romans said, “but we’re not there yet.”

All the performers are people with day jobs, he says, and “We’d rather be telling jokes than anything else.” Romans said the MS fundraiser is “about giving back through the one thing that brings us the most joy.”

Members of the group have been frequent guests at open mike night at Lost & Found on Thursdays from 9-11 p.m. In addition, Romans and Belliveau have been recording a comic podcast, too.

The night of comedy was inspired by the late Samantha Harkey, “who died way too young from MS,” Romans said. Belliveau was a close friend.

Romans has seen the stigma MS places on people. A lot of those who have the disease don’t tell anyone, because it’s not one that you can necessarily see, at least at first. “So many people struggle in silence, so those of us who can get up and speak should do it. Being an actor or a comedian can be very selfish, but if I can give back, then it’s penance for all that selfishness.”

Romans says he wants people to come out and enjoy the evening, which will last about two hours. “And the space is beautiful.”

This is adult comedy, not for children, and it will be all original. It has taken 18-19 weeks to get it all lined up, with Jason Roland helping out by writing sketches.

To get tickets, go to www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/stand-up-against-ms-a-night-of-comedy

About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post



‘Nudge from God’: 10 years after diagnosis, Rockwell man to receive kidney from live donor


Salisbury police warn residents after increased trailer thefts


Elon heightens alert as 32 test positive; Wake Forest in good shape to continue instruction as is


Corn picker catches fire at Knox Farm, destroying nearly eight acres


House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown


Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate


Additional COVID-19 death reported in Rowan; Cooper announces small business relief


Asheville man charged with heroin possession following traffic checkpoint


Susan Cox conceding school board race, putting support behind opponent


Rowan-Salisbury Schools will survey families, stakeholders about next superintendent


Library to reopen for in-person visits Oct. 1


Rowan Sheriff’s Office K-9s to receive bulletproof vests


Man charged with sex offense, raping teen


Commissioners receive analysis of county’s development application process


Man arrested in Spencer in connection with Charlotte murder investigation


County government losing assistant manager, social services director


RSS will collect information on full K-5 return


KCS sees smooth transition back to classes, unlikely to transition to all in-person for K-5


Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend


Tillis says Trump will extend offshore drilling pause to NC


12% of all Rowan COVID-19 cases currently active


Blotter: Concord man faces drug charges after hotel disturbance call


Rockwell teen charged with rape of a 14-year-old girl


Police: Charlotte man caught stealing funeral home employee’s truck