Federal workers impacted by shutdown can get free stand-up comedy for a year
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The owners of a New York comedy club are offering a free year of laughs to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.

Stand Up New York is offering a free year of membership to LaughPass for federal employees furloughed or working without pay, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

The pass, which grants holders unlimited comedy shows and other perks at more than two dozen venues nationwide, is normally priced at $159.


“We’re not solving world peace, but if we can add a little joy to people’s lives by giving them access to a free and fun comedy experience,” Stand Up New York co-owner Dani Zoldan said in a statement. “I’m thrilled and grateful that I’m in a position to do that.” 

The comedy club just one of dozens of businesses, companies and celebrities working to aid the estimated 800,000 federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown, which is now partway through its fourth week.

“Not getting paid is definitely not funny!” co-owner James Altucher said in the statement. “But we’ll keep you laughing in the meantime.”

The funding lapse was triggered by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE’s demands for $5 billion in funding for a border wall with Mexico. Democrats are standing by their vow not to provide that much funding, though have offered to include previously agreed-upon amounts for border security.