From Laughter to Success: Learnmore Jonasi Claims Audience Choice Award at Jersey City Comedy Festival

USA-based Zimbabwean comedian Learnmore Jonasi, formerly known as Long John, has emerged victorious, capturing the esteemed Audience's Choice Award at the Jersey City Comedy Festival held on June 10th, 2023.

Learnmore Jonasi Takes the US Comedy Scene by Storm
Among the winners, from left Jon Bander and Learnmore Jonasi
Image credit: Jersey City Comedy Festival/ Instagram

The Jersey City Comedy Festival is an incredible showcase of comedic talent, featuring a thrilling stand-up comedy competition with 48 brilliant comics from all corners of the country. The event boasts an impressive lineup of headliners, including the likes of Chris Gethard, Rex Navarrete, and Marina Franklin, along with captivating performances in Hip Hop Improv, Sketch Comedy, and Character Sets.

Audiences were granted the privilege of casting their votes for their most beloved comedians during each stand-up showcase. Among the winners, Learnmore Jonasi shone brightly, sharing the spotlight with the exceptional Jon Bander, who was chosen by the Industry.

From Laughter to Success: Learnmore Jonasi Claims Audience Choice Award at Jersey City Comedy Festival
Learnmore Jonasi
Image credit: Twitter/ Learnmore Jonasi

Originally from Zimbabwe and now residing at the Steel City Arts Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Learnmore has been making waves across the nation, gracing cities like Atlanta, Erie, Akron, and even taking center stage at the renowned Apollo in New York. His journey has been marked by numerous triumphs, including a notable victory in the World Series of Comedy competition in Atlanta. Now, adding to his illustrious accolades, he proudly accepts the latest honour as the Audience Choice Award recipient at the Jersey City Comedy Festival in New Jersey.

Currently, Jonasi is engaged in a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe, seeking support for a crucial cause: his quest for a Green Card/Visa. Under his current B-1/B-2 visa, he faces numerous restrictions and limitations that hinder the pursuit of his aspirations and the advancement of his career in the United States. Unable to receive payment for his work and barred from appearing on television—a vital platform for exposure—Jonasi has regrettably turned down life-changing opportunities due to the constraints imposed by his visa. His desire to audition for a network has been postponed until a different visa is obtained.

Driven by the guidance of his immigration lawyer, Jonasi is eligible to apply for a Green Card as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability (EB-1 visa). Acquiring this Green Card would liberate him from the shackles of limitations, enabling him to work unhindered in the United States and alleviate the hardships he faces in pursuing his career in comedy and entertainment.

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Mungwadzi Godwin

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