Day: February 15, 2011

Quotes, notes and news on The Greg Giraldo Fund and assorted benefit plans

Last week's benefit concert for Greg Giraldo's family, "The Big Time Comedy Show," was a big-time success at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Nick DiPaolo, Jim Norton, Eddie Brill, Ted Alexandro and Jesse Joyce all brought just the right amount of humor to the event, aided by host Tom Papa. Greg's widow, Maryann McAlpin-Giraldo, and the couple's three young sons were in attendance, too. Midway through the two-hour event, Maryann read a statement to the packed audience: "From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being here at this event tonight. I'm very lucky and blessed to have so much love and support from so many people during this difficult time in our lives. My children will always remember how many people loved and respected their father. My own focus is to take my family's tragedy and turn it into something positive and good for others. Addiction is an illness that affects the entire family, and often the true victims are children. We're launching this fund in Greg's name to help children living within families of addiction. I believe that children must be educated, encouraged and empowered, and given the tools they need to make different choices in their lives. If anyone is interested in getting involved, there's information in the handouts you received tonight. I also am...

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NPR interviews Laugh Factory’s new in-house therapist, while Kevin Nealon jokes about it

Two things everyone should know about Jamie Masada before reading any news item regarding his Laugh Factory comedy clubs in Hollywood and Long Beach, Calif.: 1) Masada's heart is usually in the right place, and 2) the guy knows how to get mainstream press. His latest idea is the hiring of an in-house therapist so comedians can work out whatever issues they cannot work out onstage. NPR interviewed the clinical pyschologist, Dr. Ildiko Tabori, and also had Kevin Nealon phone in from Denver. Between cracking jokes, Nealon did offer his own honest perspective on how comedians have a different need for therapy, describing one of his bouts with depression: I should have been, you know, seeing somebody or taking something. And I think for some comics, I know in my particular situation, getting on stage is an escape for me. If I – whatever problems are going on in my life, when I'm on stage, it's like going to Disneyland. I don't think about it. And then when I come off stage, it hits you like a ton of bricks. So it's kind of being on stage is that – I think if every comic that has emotional problems could just be on stage all the time, they would be fine. But they have to step off the stage eventually and deal with what's going on. Every comedian has a...

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Chuck Lorre’s vanity card letters to Charlie Sheen: Season Eight of “Two and a Half Men”

At the end of any sitcom episode from the mind of Chuck Lorre, there's a blink-and-you-miss-it moment in which Lorre posts a note to the audience. It's his sit, Ubu, sit. But with more words. And during this eighth season of Two and a Half Men — otherwise known as the show you love to watch Charlie Sheen pretend to drink too much and have too much sex with hookers, in between the times when he's actually doing those things — Lorre has used some of his vanity cards to address the real-life escapades of his star actor. Here are three of Lorre's more direct notes about Charlie Sheen from this season. Last night, Lorre hoped that his healthy lifestyle would reap rewards in the end: A month ago, Lorre tried to be more subtle about it. And back in November, when Sheen was making a prostitute fear for her life in New York City, Lorre addressed it thusly: You can look up all of the Chuck Lorre Productions vanity cards here. Don't know how I missed this the other night, but Dana Gould was on Conan last week, and amid the relationship humor of being married, and adopting kids from China — "in China, every town is Chinatown" — I enjoyed his choice take on "reality" television. Roll the clip....

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