Post-Bacc Premed Student Creates Virtual Comedy Show to Support COVID-19 Relief Fund

Update: Maisie and her team of comedians raised over $1,300. “I am so thrilled and filled to the brim with gratitude for the outpouring of support from coast to coast!! Friends from LA, SF, Sacramento, Chicago, NYC, and Vermont tuned in,” said Laud.

 

UVM Post-Bacc Premedical student Maisie Laud has a combined passion for comedy and medicine. While honoring the stay-at-home mandate and adjusting to remote learning, Laud decided to put her comedic talent and love for the healthcare industry to good use.

From Stand-Up Comedy to Healthcare

Growing up with what Laud refers to as “funny brothers” she discovered that she enjoyed making people laugh and was pretty good at it. She started a stand-up comedy club in college and tried to get on stage every chance she got. But it was her autoimmune disease of Celiac that led her away from the stage and down a path toward medicine. She is nearing completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical program at the University of Vermont and hopes to pursue a career in gastroenterology.

“The cool thing is that comedy, it’s so different than medicine, but both of those things, make my heart sing,” said Laud.  “Right now being able to marry those two things with this event has been truly incredible.”

Five stand-up comedians will join hosts Maisie Laud and Jeremy Rayburn in a virtual comedy show, Laughter is the Best Medicine, to benefit both UVMMC (& their COVID19 relief fund) and the Vermont Comedy Club.

Laud is hoping to raise $1,000 from the event and plans to match additional donations.

Comedians schedule to perform include: 
Kyle Gadapee
Emily Kueppers
Ash Diggs
Maggie Phelan
Paige Smith-Hogan

To join in the fun (and funny) event check out Laud’s event Facebook page for more information.

 

We recently spoke with Laud about her passion for both comedy and medicine in our Post-Bacc Premed Podcast.

 

Learn more about UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical program.

 

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