Conquering Cancer One Laugh at a Time at the Rochester Mills Beer Company

Relay for Life hosts 4th Annual “Conquering Cancer One Laugh at a Time”

Relay for Life: Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

Cancer isn’t a laughing matter, but this event will use laughter to help fight cancer. The 4th Annual “Conquering Cancer One Laugh at a Time” event, hosted by Teams Little Princess & Hope Givers and benefiting Relay For Life of Greater Rochester, will be held on Sunday April 23, 2017.

Doors open 7:00 p.m. to order food before show starts at 8:00 p.m. at Rochester Mills located at 400 Water Street in downtown Rochester (the show is for 18 and older please.) Tickets are $20.00 and the Rochester Mills will offer Dine and Donate that evening so 20% of your food purchase that evening will also be going back to Relay For Life.

Conquering Cancer One Laugh at a Time - 2016 event photo courtesy of Relay For Life

Conquering Cancer One Laugh at a Time – 2016 event photo courtesy of Relay For Life

Relay For Life committee member Moe Lietz will host and MC. She is full of Irish sarcastic wit about everyday life observations and sometimes the bubbles you wish would not appear over your head make it out anyway – just a warning.

Special guest will be Bret Hayden. Young, naïve, but confidently self-deprecating, Bret Hayden has been complimenting his flaws for over three years. He is the creator of Cinema Roast Crunch and a finalist of the 2016 Border City Comedy Festival.

Also performing, Khurum Sheikh, a 25-year veteran of the Ann Arbor Police Department and has done stand-up comedy throughout America, but was born in Pakistan. He will be the only Pakistani Police Officer doing stand-up comedy in Rochester you are apt to see in 2017.

Next on the lineup is Chris Young who is able to take real life experiences and turn them into laughs, which maintain a clean but funny appearance. Chris’s luck (or lacks thereof) has lead him to look at the world through a different set of glasses. Having once been called a pessimist by a fellow classmate, he replied simply that he is not a pessimist but an optimist, as he believes things could not get any worse. He has appeared at the Gilda’s Laugh fest in Grand Rapids, MI the Laughing Skull Festival and the Canton Comedy Festival. He was the winner of the TV20 Detroit “That’s Funny” Comedy Contest on My Network, as well as a finalist in Dave Coulier’s “Clean Guys of Comedy/Unbearable Contest.” He has shared the stage with some of his favorite comics, including Bob and Tom’s Mike Armstrong, Larry Reeb, Heywood Banks, and Dave Coulier.

The final performer for the evening will be J.D. “the smile hustler.” Jermaine D. Nichols immediately began entertaining audiences, from the day he started talking. His captivating renditions of holiday church speeches became legendary. He became a permanent staple in all school productions and assemblies, and was the life of the party at every family gathering. J.D. performs and has performed at numerous venues both public and private, such as Lucky’s of Southfield, Man-Dees, Starters, Joeys Comedy Club, 2nd Ebenezer Baptist Church, Word Restoration Ministries, and many others. J.D. continues to push the levels of comedy, through the Smile Hustler Movement, to help return the world back to a place of love, happiness, and public Unity.

Advanced Tickets are recommended, as the event is expected to sell out early. For questions on the event, please contact Moe Lietz at 248-840-8136, or visit Facebook Event Page.

Anyone interested in learning more about Relay for Life is encouraged to contact Rochelle Holman by phone at 248-663-3419 or by email at Alternatively, you can visit the website at to get more information on their events, start a team online, or make a donation. You can also follow the event on Facebook.

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