Former Drug Addict Turned Comedian to Raise Awareness for Drug Addiction and Mental Illness to Benefit Rochester’s Sojourner Home

On Saturday, August 4 at 6 p.m. local comedian Renetta “Grandma ReRe” Thomas will host a comedy roast to raise awareness for drug addiction and mental illness and to benefit the Sojourner Home, the very institution that helped her become drug-free. The comedy roast will be held at Boulder Coffee 100 Alexander Street in Rochester; the official venue sponsor for the event.

After a candid interview with ROC Awards creator Yolanda Smilez about how she became addicted to drugs as a homeless teenager, Thomas will take a seat near the stage as ‘Grandma ReRe’. Her fellow comedians will honor her in a unique way—by making jokes about her journey to recovery and her career as a comedian. All while incorporating comical, spot-on comments about the impact of drug addiction in the city of Rochester.

The comedy roast will feature 6 local comedians, musical entertainment and a comedy set by Grandma ReRe. Guests will also have the chance to sign up for volunteer opportunities for upcoming awareness events and programs. This is the first of several events that Thomas will participate in leading up to National Recovery Month (September) to raise awareness about drug addiction and mental illness. “Communities across the nation are in crisis—especially with the nationwide opioid epidemic,” said Thomas. “Drug addiction is one of the leading causes of mental illness and it is destroying our communities.”

Tickets for the event are twenty dollars and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite. com/e/roast-of-grandmarere- tickets-47584931812.