Laughter is a great healer.

It's also a great way to raise money for a good cause. Local comedians Phil Keeling and Wrath Nasty will host a comedy benefit May 31 at the Wormhole to benefit the Oklahoma tornado victims.

"This is one more in a series of benefit shows we've been doing at the Wormhole," Keeling says. "It started with Lunatics for Mental Health in January.

"That got such a great response, we decided that on the last Friday of every month, we were going to do a benefit show involving comedians," he says. "That's what's great about having a regular benefit. When stuff like this happens, we're able to feel like we're doing something for them in a hurry."

All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross or other Oklahoma tornado charities to benefit the victims.

The first benefit raised $700 for local mental health programs.

"It was so much fun and there was such a great crowd with so many wonderful people," Keeling says.

"Since it was the first one we were doing, I brought in all my favorite comedians. Since then, I've scaled back to the standard format."

Keeling already has the lineup of comedians set up for the next three months.

"We've got comedians from Atlanta, from all over the place, who are happy to come down," he says.

On May 31, Keeling promises "an evening of strange comedy."

"The idea is that it's just the two of us, so it's going to be a more concentrated, more focused show with our own perverse senses of humor to bear," he says. "It will be lots of fun and very exciting.

"Wrath is such an amazing presence on stage," Keeling says. "He's a natural performer.

"It never fails - people who have never seen him before just fall in love with him," Keeling says. "He has such a unique point of view and I love introducing people to that."

Keeling hopes the show draws as many people as the previous one.

"It's a worthy cause," he says.

"My favorite part about doing this is that it's a way for locals to help other people out without just going into it blindly or with an anonymous donation," Keeling says. "We can help people beyond our own backyard and do it in a local way.

"While we're not doing this one for our own local community, we're doing it with our local community," he says. "It's a local event that people can get excited about."

That's what Keeling loves about Savannah.

"We love our own local culture," he says. "We can do things for other people, but it's very much a local event.

"People come in to help people out in the name of Savannah. I'm excited to see who comes out for this month's show."


What: Comedy benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims, featuring Phil Keeling and Wrath Nasty

When: 9 p.m. May 31

Where: The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.

Cost: $10