Famous funny people, they're just like us! When they have kids, they want to make sure they end up in nice schools, and if the public schools aren't cutting it, they send them to prep school! Or they try to make the public schools better. Witness Jon Stewart and Louis CK. Right now. Witness them!
Exhibit A: Jon Stewart. He and his wife, Tracey, are big on Story Pirates, an organization that promotes literacy in some of our neediest schools (sad but true spoiler alert: many of our schools are neediest schools). Through comedy. Watch Stewart give Larry King a testimonial about Story Pirates:
Now he's lending a hand — and his very name — to an upcoming Story Pirates fund-raiser called After School Special, taking place March 21 in NYC at Dixon Place, with Daily Show correspondent John Oliver hosting. Lots of fun things up for bidding in online auctions, including for comedy fans, tickets to SNL, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show — which in itself, is usually a double prize, seeing how often Ellen hands out goodies to her audiences. Oh, and also one other bid — You could get Jon Stewart himself to perform with the Story Pirates for your kid's story at the March 21 benefit. This package includes 4 VIP tickets to the event, the performance of your kid's story, and a meet-and-greet with Stewart. Bidding for this package closes at 11:59 a.m. on March 16 (current bid at this posting is $1,150). How high will you go? For your kid?
Exhibit B: Louis CK. He's not only one of our funniest current stand-up comedians, but also a staunch supporter of NYC public schools, volunteering at the school his daughters attend. He has a second fund-raising performance coming up this Sunday, March 14, at Carolines. Get tickets here. As he said, in part: "Public school is, to me, the most important thing in the whole world that actually exists. I seriously mean that. I think it's the solution to almost everything. Obviously, public schools are in big trouble all over the country, and in 'this economy' it's getting much worse. I don't want PS3 to lose more than it has to."