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He's got talent: Comedian channels attention from America's Got Talent audition toward Niagara fundraiser
Comedian David Green stands in front of 4680Q radio station on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, where he records "Live on Queen with David Green" Monday nights. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

 

Niagara comedian David Green says he wants to refocus attention from his recent America’s Got Talent audition toward The Harder They Fall, a fundraising event in support of the Niagara Falls Community Outreach soup kitchen.

The evening will feature the premiere episode of a four-part series of the same name.

In addition to the screening, Green, who is also the host of 4680Q radio show "Live on Queen with David Green," will lead the night with more comedic performances by some of the cast and crew of the series. There will also be live music and raffle prizes with all proceeds going toward the soup kitchen on St. Lawrence Avenue.

He drove to Detroit almost on a whim to join friend and fellow comic Kat Chartier last week to try out for America’s Got Talent. Successful contestants should be notified by the beginning of March, he says.

And though he wouldn’t say it had necessarily "always been a dream" of his to make it on the show, he says he appreciates what the opportunity could do for his career.

He has been able to support himself through his performance career since about June of last year, he says. And he appears to be in high demand. Right now, his weekends are booked solid until the end of May.

“It was cool to have all the attention, and everybody has been really supportive,” Green says of the outpouring of positive feedback and support he’s received since posting about his audition. He says he would like to see that momentum drive more support for the fundraiser.

“It would be cool to get some of that attention, people are excited about Simon Cowell, if they could get excited for the stuff that we're doing here in the community,” he adds.

Green says the web series is a massive collaboration among musicians, dancers, choreographers, directors and actors. And it all was made possible by a grant from the Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund, so he wants to showcase downtown Niagara Falls through the show.

He felt a “responsibility” to include messaging that would help people, he says.

“If we’re going to spend all this time and effort to make this, how can we make this a good thing for the community?”

He says an effort was made to shine a light on relevant local issues like homelessness and mental health.

“Even though it’s a comedy – it gets a little serious and tackles some serious topics and issues that we feel strongly about and showing them in a light that’s not really been talked about before,” he says. “Which I’m pretty proud of.”

The Harder They Fall will be held at the Hub on Queen, at 4333 Queen St., Niagara Falls on Feb.7, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.com.

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