Project Graduation is a drug-free, alcohol-free celebration held on graduation night for the graduates from Calvert, Huntingtown, Northern and Patuxent High Schools.  Since 1987, this community activity has kept our graduates safe on graduation night.   The success of Project Graduation depends on the community's support of CAASA's annual fundraiser the "Comedy Invasion for Project Graduation" and Silent Auction.   

This year's event features three well down comedians:

Michael Palascak is a comedian who grew up in Indiana and now lives in LA.  He performed on both The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the same year.   He has over 1 million views on YouTube.  In addition, his resume includes A Little Late with Lilly Singh, The Tonight Show, Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Conan, has a Comedy Central Half Hour special, and was a Top 5 Finalist on Last Comic Standing where one judge claimed, “My first impression of Michael was a great likability.  This is a guy that could star in a sitcom.”  Michael’s likability allows him to relate to his audiences in a real way which sets up the huge laughs he gets from his sharp, personal material.   Consistently writing and performing, this summer Michael released both a new album— The Internet Live through 800 Pound Gorilla and a new stand-up special on the Dry Bar app— 1984.   Available for free streaming.   Drew Hunt of The Chicago Reader wrote about Michael, “In a lot of ways, he represents the ideal antidote to the sort of unbridled cynicism that pervades much of contemporary stand-up.”  Michael’s optimism continues in the new National Lampoon series — The Bright Side where he takes a positive stance on a negative topic streaming on YouTube.

Haywood Turnipseed, Jr.  - During the day Haywood  is a Husband, a Dad, a Telephone Man, and a Jedi; at night he becomes a Stand-Up Comic, and occasionally a Sith Lord. Haywood likes both Michael Jackson's & Prince's Music; Hip-Hop; The Pittsburgh Steelers Football Team; Mambo Sauce on chicken wings; and Laughing. Originally from the Holy Land of Indiana, Haywood graduated from high school in Moon Township, Pa., attended two semesters at Waynesburg College, then enlisted in the US Air Force.

Eddie Morrison is a D.C. native who has performed standup comedy all over the metro area. His appearances include the DC Improv, the Kennedy Center, the Comedy Store, and Magooby’s Jokehouse, where he was named runner-up at the 2015 New Comedian of the Year Competition. Eddie won Comedy Kumite 15.2 (spring 2018) at the DC Improv, as well as Kumite 30 (spring 2021).


$35 in advance  at
$45 at the door (CASH and CHECK Only)
$25 for CAASA members and students ages 13-18

The Silent Auction opens at 6:30 pm.  Purchases are CASH AND CHECK only. 

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