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Second Helping: A Practical Queer Tragicomedy, for Everyone

A hilarious show about death, grief, exploding knee replacements and the limits of bootstraps. Bring your friend who has trouble asking for help. See below for details.

Time & Location

Jun 10, 2023, 1:00 PM

Bower Hill Community Church, 70 Moffett St, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, USA

About The Event

Accidental enemy of Mother Teresa. Two-time widow before age 40. Victim of an exploding knee replacement. Nonbinary comedian Kelli Dunham (former Sister of Mercy) is learning the limits of DIY-A (Do It Yourself Alone) approach to life just how you'd expect from an ex-nun: the hard way. Part stand-up comedy, part sit-down tragedy with love and other stuff in between.

WHEN?  SATURDAY, JUNE 10  Show: 1:00-2:15 Workshop: 2:30-3:30

Come for one or for both.

WHERE?  Bower Hill Community Presbyterian Church, 70 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243

HOW MUCH? FREE!!!   Just show up. We’ll pass the hat. Give if you can. If you can’t, don’t.


Kelli is a nonbinary-ex-nun-nurse-trauma-informed comedian / storyteller living in New York City. Kelli has appeared on Showtime, PBS and the Moth Mainstage. Kelli is the author of seven hilarious nonfiction books about very not humorous subjects (including kids' guides to puberty) and helped set the Guinness World Record for longest comedy show/multiple performers. Then NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio once called Kelli a show-off. To Kelli's face.



Being a compassionate and social justice-minded human means seeing needs and wanting to assist. But being in the habit of meeting others‘ needs doesn’t always mean we are able to accept help. In this workshop we’ll consider how our help-receiving skills compare with our help-giving skills, discuss why it’s just as important to receive as to give, learn hands on skills for becoming more comfortable with asking for help, and consider what mutual aid has to do with it all.

Kelli: "Second Helping is a hilarious and surprisingly hopeful journey through grief, death and exploding knee replacements…as well as asking for and accepting help. It touches on the bigger questions: lack of community and caregiving support, our messed up healthcare system, disability justice and how a culture built on ludicrous individualism doesn't work that well.”

For more information, call Bower Hill Church at 412-561-4114

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