Making money funny

Steve Levine gave students a laugh while they learned

Comedian Steve Levine entertains Stelly’s Secondary students during the Funny Money comedy show Oct. 18.

Comedian Steve Levine entertains Stelly’s Secondary students during the Funny Money comedy show Oct. 18.

A production aiming to engage teens in learning about finances garnered lots of laughs from Stelly’s Secondary students on Oct. 18.

Comedian Steve Levine, who presented the show Funny Money (written by James Cunningham) to Stelly’s students, said it’s all about making the topic of finances and financial woes accessible to teens.

“Humour keeps them interested,” said Levine.

“It’s a very engaging and interactive show and using their peers in the show makes it more interactive,” he explained about the participatory presentation.

The production focuses on three catchy main points — knowing your cash flow; controlling what you owe (debt); and investing your dough — and Levine drives the points home to students using various methods, including cash incentives.

Stelly’s teacher Aaron Buckham said that presentations like Funny Money give teens the opportunity to learn about finances before it’s too late.

“Planning 10 is the only course that has PLOs (prescribed learning outcomes) that really touche on anything to do with financial planning,” he said. “By having presentations like (Funny Money) it presents the topic in an engaging and entertaining way for the students so hopefully they absorb it.”

Levine, who hails from Toronto, has toured across Canada and the U.S. presenting Funny Money to students ranging in age from 15 to 18.