OGLESBY — As part of the Black History Month celebration, Illinois Valley Community College’s Diversity team will present the comedy duo “CoMeTRy” at noon Feb. 26 in the Cultural Centre.
CoMeTRy is an exciting, energetic new art form blending performance poetry and stand-up comedy into clean, clever, observational entertainment. Each performance is designed to highlight the similarities, habits and traits we all share, but often go unnoticed. Each piece or “coem” does a few things: Tells a story, raises awareness or delivers an inspirational message, all while making you laugh.
CoMeTRy is the unique pairing of an African American poet, Ignatius “Iggy” Mwela, and Caucasian American stand-up comedian Chad Songy.
From struggling as a homeless teen to excelling as a college graduate and successful performance artist, Mwela did not experience an average adolescence. He has a way with words and a flair for flirting with language.
After being named 2009 Grand Slam Champion, he sealed his membership on Chicago’s Mental Graffiti poetry team and excelled alongside Chicago’s finest authors, poets and performers.
Songy, co-founder of the Laughs 4 Kids Charity Comedy Show in Jackson, Miss., has a gift for creating and sharing laughter. Laughs 4 Kids has raised thousand’s to benefit Mississippi Families for Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for children in the child welfare system.
Songy, who started doing stand-up at 17, provides audiences a clever, observational style of comedy all can enjoy as he presents ironic and trivial aspects of human behavior. He has brought laughter and inspiration to over 40,000 students across the nation.
IVCC is the last stop on the duo’s month-long tour of Illinois and Wisconsin colleges and universities.
“We are excited to have this group on campus,” said IVCC diversity team chairwoman Amanda Cook Fesperman. “We hope people throughout the community come to the performance. They will be entertained as well as enlightened.”
The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Cook Fesperman at 815-224-0203.