Laugh, and the whole world laughs with you.
That's what Alex Valencia of Mountain High Comedy Club has been doing these days — bringing much-needed laughter to the city.
Currently, Valencia is working on bringing a heavy-hitting headliner to Tehachapi Nov. 9 as a Thanksgiving fundraiser in coordination with Mano Lujan of The Shed.
Mountain High Comedy Club will present Tommy Ryman, an American stand-up comedian who was a semi-finalist of season 8 of the TV show "Last Comic Standing." Ryman will perform in addition to another stand-up comedian, Geoffrey Eggleston, as well as Valencia himself at the BeeKay Theatre for one night only of clean comedy.
"We hope to raise enough money to pay for a full Thanksgiving meal at our community's Soup Kitchen for those in need," said Valencia.
Valencia first introduced his comedy club to local folks about a year and a half ago at Gold Mountain Sports Tavern. It was after stumbling upon a poster featuring a comedy show that a light bulb went off over his head.
"I said, 'Yah! I like comedy.' You know, it makes me feel better because I was going through a lot of changes and depression at the time," Valencia said.
After packing audiences on show nights, Valencia realized he was going to need a bigger venue for his comedy club.
"The people really loved it," he said.
Following a short stint at Big Papa's, Valencia said he set his eye on The Shed at 333 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
"After talking to Mano for awhile, I started doing the Soup Kitchen, and I saw an opportunity to help people," he said.
Today, Valencia is the master of ceremonies from 4 to 6 p.m. every Sunday, at Layla and Milo's Soup Kitchen, performing as a DJ, karaoke and comedy.
"Whatever entertainment he feels like doing and whatever Alex thinks would be fun, then that's what we do," said Lujan.
The Soup Kitchen serves handcrafted soup to over a hundred people every Sunday, and there is never a charge; however, donations are appreciated.
"This is what the whole Soup Kitchen was about, to feed people," said Lujan.
Proceeds from the Nov. 9 comedy show will go toward serving a free Thanksgiving meal instead of soup at Layla and Milo's Soup Kitchen on Dec. 1.
"To do something on this scale, is fantastic," Lujan said. "There is no way in the world that we would have been able to do this without Alex's support and the community's support. Alex is really out there hustling and trying to get donations so that we can pull this off."
The BeeKay Theatre is located at 110 S. Green St. Doors to the comedy show open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, or $25 for VIP seating, and are available at Eventbrite.com, Red House BBQ and at the door.
For more information, visit the Mountain High Comedy Facebook page.