Access for All Global Virtual Comedy Club

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 13, 2015

On Thursday, July 16, the State Department in collaboration with the Kennedy Center and VSA will host a Global Virtual Comedy Club in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The 5:45 p.m. EDT event will be live-streamed via the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage’s website, and it will also be available online afterward. U.S. Embassies around the world are hosting viewing parties as part of their own celebrations of the ADA.

The event will feature comedian Josh Blue, who won the U.S. television series Last Comic Standing in 2006, and an opening performance by Shannon DeVido. Blue and DeVido bring a fresh perspective on disability rights with a people-first, disability-second message, and they break down stereotypes and preconceived notions about people living with disabilities, one laugh at a time. State Department Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith Heumann will open the event. Also in attendance will be International Visitor Leadership Program and Professional Fellows participants from around the world, many of them living with disabilities, who are visiting the United States to better understand how the Americans with Disabilities Act has advanced access for all in the United States.

The event opens the Kennedy Center’s and Smithsonian Institution’s 25/40 Celebration, marking the ADA 25th and VSA 40th anniversaries by highlighting the history, art, and culture of the disability community. Additionally throughout July, the State Department is highlighting how our initiatives and exchange programs have helped advance disability rights. More at:

Media interested in interviews or covering the event should contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at