Sending comedians to Senegal to fight malaria: Good idea? Malaria No More makes its case

When I saw a video early this morning depicting Bobby Bottleservice in Africa, I thought, that couldn't be right. Perhaps my weekend cold/flu/bug had prompted this hallucination.

But no. Nick Kroll wasn't the only comedian to make the trip to Senegal. Ed Helms, Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome and others did so, and it's all part of a project called Malaria No More. Say that three times fast, why don't you. Or let these comedians and actors tell you.

So why, exactly? According to the site:

"Comedy Fights Malaria shows that the disease is no laughing matter‚Äîevery 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria‚Äîbut humor can keep malaria in the spotlight and in the conversation. The result is always amusing, often absurd and sometimes downright bizarre messages from a broad range of stars. Our goal is to engage people in a new way of talking about malaria and see how each person can contribute their own unique skills to keep malaria at the forefront of the conversation."

They're going to spread the message also through their Malaria No More Facebook page.

Here, meanwhile, is a clip of Ed Helms explaining the project to Jay Leno, as well a clip of his clip for the project.


And here is Nick Kroll as Bobby Bottleservice in Senegal, doling out advice, guidance and profanities. Roll it!


Sean L. McCarthy

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