WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Simon Cadel, 13, will make you “Laugh ‘til it Helps” Friday in White Plains at a comedy show that he organized for his Bar Mitzvah.
The show will benefit Family Services of Westchester.
The Edgemont teen grew up on a “steady diet of sarcasm and humor,” his mother Betsy told The Daily Voice. She said he has been performing standup comedy for about a year, since taking a comedy program at a summer camp. He has practiced and performed at the Gotham Comedy Club through its Kids ‘N Comedy program, and the Purple Crayon in Hastings.
“I don’t know how we would have been if he were into soccer,” Betsy said. “But we can definitely wrap our heads around comedy. He’s terrific at it. But it’s a scary idea to think that your son would actually go into standup comedy because it’s such an incredibly difficult thing.”
Despite his mother’s concerns, Simon, a student at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, recently auditioned for NBC’s America’s Got Talent and is waiting to hear back.
In his immediate future, Simon will perform at his “Laugh ‘til it Helps” comedy benefit along with seven of his young standup comedian friends. They will perform at The Digital Arts Experience, which donated the space for the fundraiser. The event has sold out and, through ticket sales, raised more than $900 for FSW.
Simon's family goes to the Bet Am Shalom temple in White Plains.
“The good thing about benefiting the Family Services of Westchester is that, instead of benefiting one cause, you’re benefiting many, because the Family Services of Westchester has many different charities in it,” Simon said. “So you’re kind of donating to all of them.”
Simon took a special interest in FSW’s programs for young children because, he said, he had sensory problems when he was younger.
“We are thrilled that Simon Cadel chose Family Services of Westchester to be the beneficiary of his comedy event,” Susan Wayne, president and CEO of FSW, said. “It’s exciting to see a talented young man use his gifts to benefit others.”