Comedy community rallies to raise funds for Caleb Medley, other Aurora shooting victims

The way that the comedy community has rallied around one of its own, even a still-aspiring stand-up, has been nothing short of amazing this past week in the wake of the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. Comedians and comedy fans already have helped raise more than $360,000 to help pay the medical bills for uninsured Caleb Medley — who remains hospitalized — and his wife, Katie, who gave birth July 31 to their first child, Hugo.

But there’s still more to do. Not just for Caleb, but for the several other victims of the shootings that took place shortly after midnight on July 20, 2012, during a screening of The Dark Knight Returns.

So comedians are showing their support by donating proceeds from benefit shows around the country.

Here is a list of shows we know about.

TONIGHT (Aug. 1)

Gabriel Iglesias headlines the Denver Improv and is donating all of his proceeds from tonight’s sold-out show to the Medley family.

AUG. 2, 2012

The UCBeast in New York City has a stand-up fund-raiser for Medley, featuring a lineup with Janeane Garofalo, Adam Newman, Gabe Pacheco, RG Daniels, JC Coccoli, Kevin Avery and Harrison Greenbaum.

The Fort’s open mic night in Oakland Park, Fla., also is raising money for the Medleys.

AUG. 4, 2012

Pueblo, Colo.’s Impossible Playhouse hosts a show with comedians who either knew and/or have performed with Medley. $10.

AUG. 5, 2012

Wit’s End, in Westminter, Colo., will have a comedy show as well as a silent auction on Sunday (tickets: $10-$100) with more than a dozen┬ácomedians lined up to perform, including Kristin Key, John “Hippieman” Novosad, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, Bryan Kellen, Lori Callahan. Vic Alejandro, Dan McGowan, George McClure, Nancy Norton, Geof Sargent, Jeff Wozer, Matt Baca, Ted Larson, and Sam Tallent. Dave Testroet and Bob Meddles will co-host the event.

AUG. 7, 2012

The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, Calif., hosts a fund-raiser for the Medleys, with a lineup that includes Dom Irrera, T.J. Miller, Chris D’Elia, Adam DeVine, Erik Griffin and more.

AUG. 8, 2012

The Gothic Theatre in Englewood, Colo., will donate proceeds from its monthly stand-up showcase — featuring Jon Daly ┬áthis month — to Medley’s fund.

AUG. 12, 2012

Doug Benson is donating all proceeds from his live taping of “Doug Loves Movies” at Comedy Works in Denver to the Medley fund.

If you’re hosting a fund-raiser for the Medleys or any other victims from the Aurora shootings, please let me know and I’ll update this list. Thanks.

Previously: More about the Medleys’ story.

For other events supporting the Medleys, click here.

To donate directly to the Medleys, click here.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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