• Multi-city comedy benefit featuring Maron, Papa, Quinn and more raises money for Haiti

    Jodi Lieberman, Amber J. Lawson and Zoe Friedman are three powerhouses in the world of comedy, and I’m proud to say I know them all! They teamed up to create Transforming The World Through Comedy, a philanthropic organization simply known as TWT, because they said they wanted to use the power of comedy to help those less fortunate than them.

    So last night they held the world’s first multi-city — New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles — multi-platform comedy fundraiser, which I attended. It was held at Gotham Comedy Club, thanks to owner Chris Mazzilli who always makes himself available for a good cause. For their first cause, TWT teamed up with an organization known as Off The Mat Into The World, or OTM, to bring this event to fruition, and the monies raised will go to Haiti. By the time I left there were 40,000 people online watching … and laughing, I’m sure!

    The TWT show was streamed live on TWTComedy.com and Stickam. The New York show started at 8 pm, the Chicago show held at Zanies comedy club started at 8:30 pm Chicago time and the LA show at the Hollywood Improv started at 8 pm LA time.

    The footage will be live on TWTComedy.com until Nov. 21; you can go there and donate.

    Eddie Brill from Late Show with David Letterman MC’ed the New York event, which is always a good choice because Eddie is an excellent MC. Also on the bill were Bonnie McFarlane, Rich Vos, Tom Papa, Rachel Feinstein, Gary Gulman, and Broadway star and all around good-guy Colin Quinn (pictured above with Gulman) who not unexpectedly closed the show with a bang! There are some comics who are always willing to give themselves for a good cause. They could all be out making money, but instead they donate their time to make others laugh to help collect money for worthy causes. Needless to say, the show was a huge hit! Congratulations Zoe, Amber and Jodi! You guys did good!!!

    For more info and photos go to the Comedy Matters Blog.

    Jeffrey Gurian

    Jeffrey Gurian is a comedy writer who has written for lots of big names, and is currently writing the book on the 35 year history of The Comic Strip. Contact Jeffrey at Jeffrey@jeffreygurian.com.

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