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Local comedian performing shows online amid coronavirus crisis

Derek Sheen is taking his jokes online to help bring smiles to his community during the coronavirus crisis in western Washington.

SEATTLE — They say laughter is the best medicine, and during a global coronavirus pandemic, local comedian Derek Sheen is taking that message to heart.

On the door of Sheen’s apartment is a piece of paper that reads, “Pandemic comedy club.”

“A lot of us feel like we have to do something for people who are stuck in their homes or don’t want to leave, so why not just bring comedy to them?” Sheen said. 

It’s here that Sheen broadcasts his canceled shows over Facebook Live, free of charge.

“I turned to Facebook Live because nobody really uses it that often and I figured since we’re still on it, why not use it as a platform to reach people who are stuck at home,” Sheen said.

But Sheen isn’t just using the spare-bedroom-leg of his tour for laughs. He’s taking it as an opportunity to promote a GoFundMe supporting service workers. 

Sheen is a firm believer that he should be able to make people laugh and simultaneously help those who are struggling.  

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