Support sought for comedy show, BGC

Staff Writer

Area residents can welcome in the new year with a laugh and help a good cause at the same time.

LS Unlimited Entertainment, better known by its owner Linda Mitchell, the former administrative assistant for the West Point Police Department, is hosting “Comedy Jam 2K18” to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle.

The cause is especially important to help the organization’s efforts to bring a full-time Boys and Girls Club back to West Point.

The comedy show, featuring comedian Steve Brown, Columbus’ own Antoine ‘Booger’ Brown and the Chocolate Cowboy is Dec. 29 at the West Point Civic Center.

“I wanted to do something to give back to the community and something that would be fun for all adults,” Mitchell said of the inspiration for the comedy show.

“We need more programs and outlets for our children and the Boys and Girls Club is a great organization. We need to help them come here, to get their facility here. I hope the cause is something the entire community can embrace,” continued Mitchell, who does event planning through her company.

The Golden Triangle Boys and Girls Club announced plans last year to build a permanent center in West Point. It’s been 15 years since the program existed in Clay County. The BGC has centers in Columbus and Starkville and last June and July, operated a summer program in Fifth Street School.

The city of West Point has agreed to give the BGC the Sportsman’s Park property on Fifth Street North adjacent to The Civic and near Marshall Park if the group can raise enough money to build the permanent center in three years.

“Thanks to her and many generous others like her, we are able to continue our mission to enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens,” said West Point native Nadia Colom, who is executive director of the Golden Triangle BGC. “In that spirit we encourage all who will to join her in this good work by supporting this great event.”

Antoine “Booger” Brown brings a local flavor to the event. He grew up in the Plum Grove community in southwestern Lowndes County and moved to Columbus when he was 10.

He went to the old Lee High School in Columbus and honed his comedy skills combining everything from school hallway jokes to the stories old men would tell sitting around the corner store drinking beer to listening to his grandmother and her friends mimic customers at the restaurant where they worked.

He graduated from Jackson State University with a degree in mass communication and after hosting some comedy shows in Jackson, moved to Atlanta and got his start doing open mics.

The rest is comedy history.

Tickets for the Dec. 29 comedy show in West Point are $20 in advance and will go up to $25 closer to the show. They are available at Derico Sub Palace on Main Street in West Point, Touch of Love Barber Shop in Starkville, and the Suit Case in downtown Columbus. They also are available by calling Mitchell at (662)-352-9153.

Sponsorships and VIP tables also are available by contacting Mitchell.

“We have a lot of music things in this area, a lot of rap and dance stuff. I really wanted something all adults could enjoy, something fun and funny. And to help a good cause. I just hope the community will help us help them,” Mitchell concluded.