A-List Comics Find Humor In Hurricane Sandy
Leave it up to a host of all-star comedians to turn one of the worst natural disasters to hit the North Eastern Coast into a night of fun and laughs!
On Monday, December 10, TV personality Joy Behar from ABC’s The View and Current TV’s Joy Behar: Say Anything! hosted “Comics With Benefits,” a fundraiser to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Larry David, Wendy Williams, Sherri Shepherd along with a band of top-notch comics used wit and jokes to raise money for victims in New York and New Jersey and inject humor into the aftermath of the super storm.
“Who would you rather spend time with if you were in the middle of a tragic situation? Somebody who would make you laugh, right?” said Behar. “And we believe that that really is a healing thing to do…We’re comedians, we all spent our lives trying to make people laugh and make people happy, so that’s what we’re doing.”
Hear what else Joy told Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio’s Selena Hill on the red carpet below:
The benefit, presented by Current TV and 92nd and Y Street, raised donations throughout the night from the studio audience and all of the proceeds will go toward the UJA-Federation of New York, which provides cash assistance, temporary housing and food to victims in New York, and Rebuilding Together, which provides critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners.
On the red carpet, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer shared which performance of the night he most looked forward to and explained what NY needs in order to ensure that the city’s infrastructure is prepared to take on another storm like Sandy in the future. Take a listen below.
The View’s Sherri Shepherd didn’t fail to deliver laughs during her stand-up performance.
“I’m a comic, so you look for the funny in everything, you look for the funny in tragedy,” said the daytime talk host to LYVBH. “I just see my experiences during Hurricane Sandy, which were pretty funny to me.”
On stage, she explained how she coped during the storm by eating her entire food stock in one day and frequently quelling her husband’s desires to get busy.
During a sit-down interview, Larry David, the mastermind behind Seinfeld and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, made the crowd laugh when he recalled intimate details about his childhood with Behar. He explained that his mother failed to see his star potential as he was growing up and didn’t hesitate to remind him that “you’re not special,” said the Emmy award-winning writer. He finished off his interview talking about his upcoming film “Clear History.”
In a short monologue, TV host and New Jersey native Wendy Williams talked about her first hand account of the ravage caused by Sandy.
“I watched my hometown go through such devastation,” said the talk-show queen. But “we have our faith,” she added, “we can push on.”
Current TV’s John Fugelsang added political humor into his routines talking about how Sandy ruined GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s chances at being president which subsequently spoiled his stand-up acts for the next two years. “Sandy happened and it was devastating,” said Fugelsang. “I lost two years of Mitt Romney jokes.”
Funny man Sherrod Small also supplied a hearty dose of Sandy humor during his performance joking about how he felt superior to those who lost power during the storm. He told his friends, you can “charge your phone and then go to back to your darkness.”
Other performers included: Colin Quinn, Susie Essman, Andy Borowitz, Judy Gold, Dee Snider, Sherry Sylvester and Mario Cantone.
Overall the night ended in good humor and fun–just what the tri-state area needs!
The TV special will air on Current TV this Friday, December 14 at 9 pm ET.
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