Laughing for a cause: Catch a comedy show and raise money for homeless cats

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If you’re looking for a unique way to help some felines, a comedy show at the end of the month may be just the thing.

Cats & Laughs Comedy is a monthly comedy series featuring local comics whose performances raise money for Grant Park’s Java Cats Café.

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This month’s program takes place at the Memorial Drive coffee shop on Jan. 30. Comedian, writer and photographer Julie Marateck hosts as comics including Elisha Transou, Ariel Kaplan and Greg Liptak take the stage.

Tickets for the 18 and over event are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, if they're not sold out. They get you a seat at the comedy show as well as a free drip coffee or loose leaf tea beverages. Stiffer drinks are also welcome, but it's BYOB.

For those who can’t get too close to the kitties without sneezing a ton, there are no worries. Although cats reside at the coffee shop, they’re kept in a separate room away from the comedy venue.

That’s right. Java Cats Café isn’t just a cute name. It’s home to several cats from Decatur’s PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill shelter.

Opened in 2017, the coffee house touts itself as Georgia’s first cat cafe. Hadyn Hilton was 24 when she opened the shop, which accepts reservations every day of the week except on Mondays. A life-long cat owner, Hilton previously told the AJC “there's never been a time in my life when we didn't have cats."

Java Cats opened a second location in Marietta in 2018.

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Cats Laughs Comedy
8 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, January 30
Java Cats Café: 415 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door