WASHINGTON — “ArmComedy” benefit shows, co-hosted by the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) and Armenia Tree Project (ATP), sold out in all three tour locations —Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Incorporating Armenian and American politics, comedians Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan brought political satire and shared cultures to new audiences in the US.
“With the help of our hardworking volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors, the three-city tour was a big success,” stated Assembly Board Co-Chair and ATP Board Member Anthony Barsamian. “We applaud Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan for using comedy to highlight how we can all make Armenia a better place for its citizens.”
Thanks to the efforts of the Assembly and ATP, “ArmComedy” made a guest appearance on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show on TBS, airing on Thursday, May 11. During the filming, the duo was seen trying to take Conan’s giant bobble head to Armenia, which has been a goal of Narek and Sergey since 2014 and was brought up again when Conan was featured on an “ArmComedy” episode. Narek and Sergey interviewed Conan on their own show in Armenia in 2016.
The theme of the tour was to “Make Armenia Green Again,” a play on “Make America Great Again.” Proceeds from all three shows benefitted the Assembly and ATP. Shirts and tote bags with the shows’ theme “Make Armenia Green Again” are available on www.aratherat.com.
“We thank everyone who supports the important work of the Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenia Tree Project to secure much needed funding for Armenia and creating jobs in rural communities throughout the nation,” said Assembly President and ATP Founder Carolyn Mugar.
Special guests attended the performances from coast to coast, including Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations, Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, and former guest stars from previous “ArmComedy” episodes, actor Ken Davitian and Sevag Tankian.