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Cuttin' up for a cause

April 15, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Koran Dunbar's rsum includes break dancing and stick-shift driving among his many talents.

It's not likely he'll display them Friday, April 16, at the comedy show he's organized to benefit the Franklin County Homeless Shelter in Chambersburg, Pa.

But you never know.

Dunbar, 22, also lists improvisation among his skills, so if you plan to attend, be prepared to be surprised.

The Penn State Mont Alto student said his goal for the evening's benefit show is to raise awareness about the problem of homelessness.

Along with his mother and two sisters, Dunbar experienced some tough times while living in Hartford, Conn., prior to moving in with his grandparents in Greencastle, Pa.

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People outside metropolitan areas often don't think that people in smaller towns also struggle sometimes, he said.

Now a resident of Hagerstown, Dunbar said the evening presents an opportunity for him to give back a little.

The show also will provide an opportunity for Dunbar to promote live entertainment in the Tri-State area. He's performed in larger venues, including entertaining MTV game show audiences between segment tapings. Last September he had a bit on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and this past winter, he served as the home game host for the NBA's Washington Wizards at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

The Friday evening bill also includes Brian Kidd of Greencastle; Quevaughn Bryant, who's coming in from California; Erik Myers of Bamtimore; and Hans Scharler of Morgantown, W.Va.

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