Whether it’s writing and performing comedy sketches, dancing or singing, anything that will engage an audience and give them a laugh is what 32-year-old Joe Bennett enjoys. When Bennett is on stage doing these things, it’s usually done to give back to the community.
One of Bennett’s biggest nights of the year as an entertainer is during the The Eric and Joe Before Thanksgiving Christmas Variety Show in November. Now in its sixth year, the comedy show was created by Bennett and his friend, Eric Clemens, and includes sketches, short films and dance routines. The show includes a full cast of performers and a production crew.
“We do put a lot of work into our silly show to make it something that is entertaining and fun for people of all ages,” Bennett said. “So to see our community support our show and to see it grow has been so rewarding.”
Partnering with local nonprofit Give 270, proceeds from the show go to charities such as Mission Hope for Kids, Crusade for Children and Clarity Solutions.
Bennett also has performed sketches with Eric and Joe cast members at area churches, local events and fund raisers.
Another big night for Bennett is the annual Night to Shine in May, a prom-style event for area youth with special needs. Bennett co-organizes the event, which includes dancing, food, games, an Easter egg hunt and more. Bennett said there were over 200 guests and 200 volunteers at the 2019 event.
“Our goal is to come alongside parents and other organizations to provide fun and respite,” Bennett said.
Bennett even uses his talents in entertainment when serving on Morningside Elementary School’s Site-Based Decision Making Council, performing for teachers during the last school day and during Teacher Appreciation Week; working with the school’s drama club; creating videos to encourage students during testing time and more.
Bennett lives in Elizabethtown with his wife, Andrea ,and two children. He said most of his free time is spent with them or with working on the next installment of the Eric and Joe show.
Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or email@example.com.