Eminem To Take Autoworkers To Jimmy Kimmel Show | KFMB
Eminem says he and Jimmy Kimmel will fly about 200 laid-off autoworkers to Los Angeles for Friday's taping of his appearance on Kimmel's show. The Michigan rapper says he and Kimmel want to remind everyone that real people are being affected by what's going on in Detroit. He tells the Detroit Free Press, through his publicist, that news reports ignore people who have lost their jobs without getting big payouts after dedicating themselves to the auto industry. Eminem says he and Kimmel also want ... [Read More]
 
One comedian helps another: Jay Sierra benefit fund established
Sequim comedian Jay Sierra, known for his stand-up comedy act here and in the Seattle/Tacoma area and for his performances in community theater, is in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle suffering from pancreatitis. Another local comedian, Laura O'Neal of Port Angeles, is working to set up a fund to help the Sierra family in making ends meet during this time. The fund, she said, will be established at First Federal this week. [Read More]
 
Hijinx Comedy Club in Boise to offer free tickets to unemployed | Idaho Statesman
A little laughter goes a long way, said manager Pat Mac. "People need this. With the economy, people need to laugh, now more than ever," Mac said. "We wanted to start out giving back to the community," he said. The plan to open this club has been in the works since the Funny Bone closed in 2007, Mac said. He managed the Bone and is now working with Hijinx owner Colby Smith to run this locally owned night spot. [Read More]
 
Student's letter to Stephen Colbert prompts $31,000+ in donations to charity | Stars and Stripes
Stephen Colbert read a letter from the Zukeran Elementary School second-grader during a kids shout-out segment of "The Colbert Report." Colbert also used Edson's letter to prompt viewers to donate money to support military children through DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that helps schools in need. Edson wrote about how he missed his Marine father a lot when he deployed to Iraq. Donations benefit public schools attended by large numbers of military kids. As of Thursday, the site reported mor... [Read More]
 
Ohioans in layoff zone line up for Leno tickets
Thousands of people in the Wilmington, Ohio, area lined up early today to score tickets for a free comedy show by Jay Leno. Leno will hold his Comedy Stimulus show on May 10 at Roberts Centre. The area is hoping for something to smile about after suffering thousands of layoffs at a local air park. 'It makes you feel good that he's talking about something we're all worried about.' — Kim Corey of Chillicothe, who makes $7.30 an hour as a motel desk clerk was homeless until recently. [Read More]
 
Jay Leno Gives Free Michigan Show, Praises Unions
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jay Leno was in his element _ pacing the stage, running his hand through his hair and launching joke after joke to the delight of the audience. [Read More]
 
Leno 'kills' with kindness - SalemNews.com, Salem, MA
SALEM — Jay Leno flew across the country yesterday to hand a $100,000 check to an old friend. The "Tonight Show" host performed at Salem State College last night to honor 85-year-old Lennie Sogoloff, the Peabody native who ran "Lennie's on the Turnpike" from 1951-72, the Route 1 jazz club where Leno got his big break. [Read More]
 
Flight of the Conchords raise $70,000 for Jemaine's old school
A rare show by comedy duo Flight of the Conchords raised around $70,000 for Masterton's Makoura College, the former high school of band member Jemaine Clement, at a fundraiser last night. The 2000 tickets, priced at $40, were intended to go on sale for Wairarapa residents a day before being opened to the wider public, but sold out in 91 minutes. [Read More]
 
New York Comics Rally for a Cause
On Sunday, April 5, more than a dozen of your favorite Big Apple joke slingers will gather at Comix to raise funds for the family of a cancer victim, and also to demonstrate the power of the New York comedy community. The 2nd Annual "Night for Dottie" -- co-hosted by producers Sara Jo Allocco, Katina Corrao and Glennis McMurray -- will celebrate the life and times of Dottie Person, a New York native and mother of five who died of melanoma on April 2, 2007. [Read More]
 
Steve Martin funds banned high school play
After a La Grande, Oregon high school was forced to scuttle its planned production of Steve Martin's 1993 play Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Martin himself has stepped in and offered to help pay for an off-campus production. [Read More]