Something we can all use during this time of quarantining is a little bit of laughter and a distraction from what is going on in today’s society. That’s why Saturday, April 4th, a bunch of famous comedians will be teaming up to lift everyone’s spirit, and also give back to the community in a huge way.
Celebrities including Howie Mandel, Jeff Ross, Adam Sandler, Dane Cook, Whitney Cummings, Ken Jeong and many more will be performing during Comedy Gives Back Laugh Aid, a four-hour live streaming event. The show is free but viewers can make a donation to Comedy Gives Back’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
Patton Oswalt, who will also be part of the special, tells Closer Weekly exclusively, “Hopefully [the donations] will help out people who work in the industry, people who are comedians who are struggling, wait staff — you know people like that … This two or three-month shutdown can really hurt a career, can hurt emerging talent, so we’re trying to give people a little bit of breathing room during this precarious time.”
Patton himself had to cancel some of his stand-up shows — which he notes will be “rebooked as soon as it’s safe for everybody” — that were scheduled up until May. “I sent each of those poster artists (who worked on his shows) a check going, ‘I’m sorry you’re not making any sales on this poster. I hope this holds you over,'” Patton tells Closer about his own act of kindness during this time. “Small artisans and people like that are really going to be hit hard right now and I think they’re going to be hit hard longer than other people because once people get back to work and get back to life, it’s going to be about the essentials for a long time.”
“We thought it would just be a break from a lot of monotony of this daily life … I don’t get to work alongside a lot of comedians because we all are headlining now,” Patton adds about the fun fundraiser. “But it is nice to be on a show like this one with people like Bill Burr and Marc Maron, and Ray Romano — people like that that I’m a fan of. Jim Gaffigan, especially.”
For more information on Laugh Aid, which starts at 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST this Saturday, visit www.comedygivesback.com.