Young Professionals' Comedy Night
Gotham Comedy Club

The Young Professionals' Committee's 12th Annual Comedy Night, Sh!ts and Giggles, is an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and laughs hosted by the Young Professionals’ Committee to raise funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues

6:00PM Doors | 6:30PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres | 7:30PM Program and Comedy Show | After Party to Follow at Sid Gold's Request Room

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All guests receive two drink tickets to be used anytime during the event as well as hors d'oeuvres. VIP guests additionally receive prime seating, two ultimate raffle tickets, and dessert. Additional food and drinks are available for purchase.

No physical tickets will be issued. Upon arrival, please give the name of the purchaser at the door.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Presenting $10,000 | Platinum $5,000 | Gold $2,500 | Silver $1,000 

For sponsor benefits, please contact Claire Bonti (646-388-9293;

Purchase a Facebook (and Event) Post

For $50, share your words and pictures of support to our YP members to be shown on the Young Professionals' Facebook page and at the event! 

Make a Donation

Can't attend or want to make an additional donation?

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In-Kind Donation to Raffle or Live Auction

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After Party

Immediately after our Comedy Night concludes, head 5 minutes down the street to Sid Gold's Request Room for our After Party!

25% of the drink proceeds will go back to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, so enjoy some karaoke, grab a nightcap, and keep the party going! See you there - 165 West 26th Street NY NY 10001.

Young Professional of the Year, Sarissa Michaud

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Sarissa Michaud, originally from Connecticut, started having IBD symptoms her first year of college. She was finally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis her junior year. At that point she was visiting the bathroom 12-15 times a day and barely able to walk to class due to the inflammation that had spread to her joints.  That summer, while still trying to get the disease under control, she discovered the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation was starting a camp for kids with IBD, and she signed up to be a councilor.  Learning how children navigated Crohn’s and colitis helped her put the disease into perspective and motivated her to live the healthiest lifestyle possible, not letting IBD hold her back. 

In 2015, while busy working in NYC, Sarissa was rushed to the hospital with unbearable pain in her abdomen.  After days in the ICU and unresponsive to medications, Sarissa had surgery to remove her entire colon and rectum.  Moving back home with her family in CT, the 4-surgery process that formed the end of her small intestines into an internal pouch called a J-pouch took her out of life for 9 months. In 2016, she returned to NYC with a new position at Lincoln Center, a new designer colon, and a renewed desire to get involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, where she had found so much support from fellow patients when she was at camp all those years ago. 

Finding the Young Professionals' (YP) Committee was a game changing moment for Sarissa and her IBD journey.  Not only could she connect with other patients and learn from their stories, but she was empowered to share her story and serve as a leader to the IBD community. After attending her first comedy night, she joined the YP Take Steps team and then became the Welcome Chair for the YP executive committee, in 2018 she become the YP President. While undergoing a 5th emergency surgery in the fall of 2018 she continued to raised funds for the YP spin4 crohn's & colitis cures team and for the past 3 years she had been a producer for Broadway’s Got Guts.

Sarissa is honored to be recognized as the 2020 Young Professional of the Year, and appreciates all of your support!

Comedy Committee

Brittany Modell, Event Chair | Whitney Sturton, Event Chair | Richard Lewis, Auction Chair | Missy Modell | Jesse Reich | Amanda Mondre | Dani Edelstein | Allison Strumeyer | Lindsay Brandes | Natasha Weinstein | Leslie Shrager | Tim Reilly | Robyn Abramson | Marci Wolfish | Emi Slotnick | Hayley Tartell | Alexa Lansing

Check out our line up!

Matt Goldich

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Jared Freid

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Emmy Blotnick

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Mark Normand

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...and our HOST, Turner Sparks!

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Disclaimer: The views shared by the performers at YP's Annual Comedy Night does not reflect the official opinion or views of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

Thank you to our sponsors!


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Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
208 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

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