Putting the “fun” in fundraiser to support the Somerville Backpack Program

This father’s day, laugh at some dad jokes while supporting the Somerville Backpack Program.

On Sunday, June 16, The Comedy Studio at Bow Market in Somerville is hosting a “Festival of Dad Jokes” to benefit Food For Free, the Cambridge-based non-profit dedicated to providing every member of the Greater Boston community with reliable access to fresh and nutritious food. The Somerville Backpack Program, a Food For Free initiative, supplies Somerville students at risk of hunger with nutritious food to take home over the weekend.

“This funny fundraiser will greatly benefit the Backpack program, which provides students with the nutrition needed to sustain them while school is not in session,” said Sasha Purpura, Executive Director of Food For Free. “And remember, you don’t have to be a dad to tell a joke and come support this worthy cause and the students of Somerville.”

The “Festival of Dad Jokes” welcomes anyone with a dad joke of their own to compete for the legendary Pop Corn Award and bragging rights. Register as a joke teller for $20 or watch the show for $10. Joke-tellers will have three minutes on stage to get laughs and/or groans. All ticket proceeds will go to filling lunch bags with healthy meals for low-income students. Sign up in advance by visiting The Comedy Studio’s Facebook page.

“We are so excited to partner in hosting this event with Food For Free to laugh for a great cause,” said Kirsten Sims, co-owner of The Comedy Studio. “Dad Jokes are hilariously bad. So, if you don’t think you have a good joke, then you’re ready to compete.”

Now in its 22nd year, The Comedy Studio is Winner of the Best Comedy Club in Boston for three consecutive years by Boston Magazine, The Comedy Studio features an array of emerging and world-renowned comedic talent.

Frank Smiley, senior producer of Conan, said of The Comedy Studio: “I consider it the greatest comedy club on earth.”

Head down to Bow Market on Father’s Day, 2-4 p.m., and, if you’re driving in, remember the road to success is always under construction.