ArmComedy Sells Out in All Three Cities Benefitting the Armenian Assembly and Armenia Tree Project

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 the San Francisco Bay Area. Incorporating Armenian and American politics, comedians Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan brought political satire and shared cultures to new audiences in the U.S.

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“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 at 11:00 pm EST. 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.

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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.

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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.  

The show in Los Angeles featured a musical performance by composer, conductor, and keyboardist Greg Hosharian, and a special introduction by local comedians Mary Basmadjian and Armenian Assembly intern alumna Lory Tatoulian. The show in Mountain View, California featured musical performances by Julliard-based piano student, Armen Sarkisian, and jazz vocalist Zara Avoyan.

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While in Los Angeles, in addition to meeting up with Conan, Narek and Sergey were given a special tour of The Simpsons Animation Studio, thanks to Character Layout Artist Yelena Geodakyan, where they also met with Supervising Director Mike Anderson and Colorist Modelist Mike Battle. The ArmComedy co-hosts were inspired by the comedic style of “The Simpsonsâ€‌ at an early age and discovered that they both had a common sense of humor as one of the few fans of the show in Armenia.

On May 2, Narek and Sergey were granted the keys to the City of Glendale, which was spearheaded by Glendale City Clerk Ardashes “Ardy” Kassakhian, an Armenian Assembly intern alumnus.  The same day, they were interviewed on PanArmenian TV’s “Good Morning Armenians” segment.

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In Boston, they attended Red Sox and Celtics games, visited Armenian shops, and met with community members. While visiting Massis Bakery, they were surprised to discover an Armenian American creation of “vegetarian lahmajun.” The night before their performance, Narek and Sergey met with over thirty students from the Boston area at Northeastern University, answering questions about how they began their careers in political comedy. They were also interviewed by Public Radio International’s The World.

During their U.S. tour, Narek and Sergey took the time to explore each of the cities, and future ArmComedy episodes will feature their adventures in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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Armenia Tree Project’s mission is to assist the Armenian people in using trees to improve their standard of living and protect the global environment. In so doing, we are guided by the need to promote self-sufficiency, aid those with the fewest resources first and conserve the indigenous ecosystem. More than 5.2 million trees have been planted since the organization’s founding in 1994.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

Photo Caption 1: ArmComedy Comedians Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan

Photo Caption 2: Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan with Conan O’Brien

Photo Caption 3: ArmComedy Shirt designed by Ara the Rat

Photo Caption 4: ArmComedy in Los Angeles

Photo Caption 5: ArmComedy in Boston

Photo Caption 6: ArmComedy in San Francisco Bay Area

‘Make Armenia Green Again’ Performances by ArmComedy to Benefit Armenian Assembly and ATP

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The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) and Armenia Tree Project (ATP) will host the ArmComedy duo of Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan for their first-ever comedy performances in the United States. ArmComedy’s benefit events will be held in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay Area. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 23.

The performances are in English and will take place at Winchester Town Hall in the Boston area on Friday, April 28; at Stars on Brand in Glendale on Thursday, May 4; and in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 6. The “Make Armenia Green Again” ArmComedy Tour will benefit the work of the Assembly and ATP.

“We’re excited to bring ArmComedy to the US for the first time,” ATP Executive Director Jeanmarie Papelian and Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny said. “We like to promote new ideas and support talented young artists such as the thoughtful commentators of ArmComedy. Our audiences will have a great time while supporting a good cause.”

Airing three times a week, ArmComedy is the first satiric news site in Armenia. It has been dubbed as Armenia’s version of The Daily Show, featuring sharp political humor and wit. Writers and hosts Narek and Sergey have presented their distinctive, often irreverent, and always hilarious talents since 2009 with almost 600 episodes. As they note, their mission is to “restore sanity and embarrass bad governance in Armenia.”

During his epic visit to Armenia in 2015 with his assistant Sona Movsesian, comedian and late night show host Conan O’Brien appeared on ArmComedy. The program was a triumph, resulting in Conan giving the hosts permission to spread the rumor that he has Armenian roots. (Watch the episode at bit.ly/ArmComedyConan)

The Armenian Assembly of America has been a non-partisan advocate for Armenia and Armenians for 45 years, and was the first Western private voluntary organization to establish an office in Yerevan. Working with various NGOs, the Assembly is proud of its efforts in fostering civil society initiatives in Armenia. In addition, the Assembly continues to be one of the most respected advocacy groups in Washington, D.C. and is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Internship Program this year.

Since 1994, ATP planted more than 5.2 million trees and created hundreds of jobs for Armenians in Armenia. These trees provide food, environmental benefits, and opportunities for economic growth. ATP’s goal is to use trees to improve the standard of living while protecting the environment. In doing so, ATP promotes self-sufficiency, and aids those with the fewest resources while conserving the indigenous ecosystem. Most importantly, ATP’s programs allow inhabitants to stay on their ancestral lands.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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ArmComedy comedians Narek Margaryan (left) and Sergey Sargsyan will be performing their first-ever stand-up shows in Boston, Glendale, and San Francisco Bay Area to benefit the Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenia Tree Project.