The crowd in the Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center was in stiches on Friday, September 7, laughing along with comedian Mike Birbiglia on the first stop of his “Stand-Up & Vote” college tour.
Special guest performers Emmy Blotnick, Nick Griffin, Jo Firestone and Seaton Smith joined Birbiglia, telling jokes that veered from U.S. politics to online dating.
All net proceeds from the show benefitted HeadCount, Rock The Vote and Vote.org, three nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that register voters and encourage voter turnout. A group of IC students and HeadCount volunteers were on hand to register any unregistered voters in attendance.
Birbiglia urged audience members to inform themselves and vote in upcoming elections this November.
“Research anything you care about, look at where the local candidates stand on that and just go and vote,” he said. “Because you’re voting on what your country is going to be.”