• Whitney Cummings, Daniel Tosh, and more affected by Southern California fires

    Fires are raging in Southern California and people have taken to social media to share the wreckage left by the blazes. Over 31 people have reportedly died as a result of the fires and homes lost number in the thousands. The town of Paradise, California has found itself completely wiped out by the flames. Many of those evacuated from dangerous areas have returned home to ghostly ash and debris.

    The Woolsey and Hill Fires affecting the Los Angeles area have spread to both Malibu and Thousand Oaks, and celebrities have not been immune to the flames. The long list of names affected includes Cher, Gerard Butler, the Kardashians, and Miley Cyrus. Many comedians and comedy stars have also been affected by the blaze.

    Rainn Wilson tweeted out a photo of the smoke coming off the fire from a safe distance away. The Office star confirmed that the smoke was coming from the area where his house is. While the actor’s house was narrowly saved, the fires in Thousand Oaks caused many, including himself, to evacuate.

    Wilson has been retweeting photos of missing people and fire tips in the days since as a way to help his community.

    Daniel Tosh also tweeted about losing his house in the fire, but the Tosh.0 host turned the personal tragedy into a joke.

    The Dolan Brothers also had to be evacuated. The popular comedy YouTubers took a Snapchat video of the smoke thinking it was clouds at first but quickly inhaled too much of it. Grayson Dolan then took to Twitter for updates on the brothers’ health.

    YouTuber Logan Paul also took to Twitter to comment on the Dolans’ original Snapchat video to make fun of their mistake, clearly learning nothing about time and place from his massive faux pax earlier this year. This earned a quick clap-back from Grayson Dolan.

    The host of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, Derek Waters, posted a photo on Instagram dangerously close to the smoke. In the post, he says that he had to stop production of the show as the fire became a danger to the crew and guest.

    Parks and Recreation star Rob Lowe shared on Instagram about his family helping first responders in Thousand Oaks, California. Many private citizens have volunteered to help try and stop the fires and support local first responders.

     

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    My son and nephews helping evacuations and bringing food to the firefighters somewhere in the hills above Thousand Oaks. #californiafires

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    Another one of these helpful volunteers was comedian Whitney Cummings, who rushed to Malibu Wines—a popular winery that also has a small zoo on the premises—after reports surfaced that they did not evacuate their animals. Cummings wrote, “The best thing you can do to help is have as much hay delivered as you can to Malibu Wines/Saddle Rock Ranch or bring some if you live in the area. They lost all their structures, but all the animals are alive right now. I was frustrated that they didn’t evacuate all the animals days ago, but again it’s easy for me to say given i wasn’t there and the fires came in fast.” The comedian has seemingly stayed with the animals and has been posting updates on Instagram.

     

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    I went rogue and went to check on Stanley the giraffe myself. There were a lot of rumors and i didn’t want to be contributing to untrue gossip. I don’t know enough about exotic animals to know if them choosing not to move him was the right choice, but for now he is safe although the conditions are terrible air quality and windy. They are trying to build a barn for him for the night because it burned down. The best thing you can do to help is have as much hay delivered as you can to Malibu Wines/Saddle Rock Ranch or bring some if you live in the area. They lost all their structures, but all the animals are alive right now. I was frustrated that they didn’t evacuate all the animals days ago, but again it’s easy for me to say given i wasn’t there and the fires came in fast. Everyone I spoke to was kind and doing the best they could. I’m sorry I was so aggressive with you guys both in person and on social media. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you did what was best for your animals and humans but in the future I’m offering my services to help with a better evacuation plan and any resources you currently need. Let’s all just stick together right now and deal with everything else later.

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    With the fires still raging, more and more homes in the Los Angeles are being evacuated. We at Laughspin wish everyone affected finds safety.

    Rosa Escandon

    I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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