Fundraisers in LA, NYC and DC to support Jason Saenz in recovery from paralyzing accident

Jason Sáenz, a former New Face at Montreal Just For Laughs, had made a name for himself through his parody “Saenz Signs” he’d post on telephone poles and elsewhere around New York City, and then Los Angeles.

He’d just started a new full-time job doing social media for Steve Harvey when he fell through a skylight in December and became paralyzed from the waist down. His new health insurance hadn’t yet kicked in, so his medical bills continue to mount. After weeks in the ICU at Cedars-Sinai, the comedian is rehabbing. A GoFundMe so far has raised more than $188,000 toward a goal of $300,000.

So his friends from stand-up, the UCB (he was a founding member of the sketch troupe Onassis), and more in the three cities he has lived and performed in (he attended George Mason University) are putting on benefit shows tonight in LA and NYC, and Wednesday night in D.C.


April 1 at the Regent Theater: 8pm doors / 9pm show, $20 in advance / $25 at door. Sets by Jeff Ross, Jermaine Fowler, Adam Conover, Naomi Ekperigin, Rory Scovel, Sasheer Zamata, Matt McCarthy, Nick Turner, Adam Newman,  Mara Herron, Amber Nelson, Nick Vatterott, Onassis Comedy, Brooke Van Poppelen, Grant Gordon, Eddie Della Siepe, with more to be announced. Hosted by Ed Larson, Henry Zebrowski, and Jackie Zebrowski of Murderfist


April 1 at Arlene’s Grocery: 8pm doors / 9pm show. $20 at the door.

There will be a RAFFLE!  Prizes include:  Signed copies of Ellie Kemper’s book “My Squirrel Days” / Signed copies of Phoebe Robinson’s book “Everything’s Trash, But It’s OK”  / Tickets to 4/13 SNL taping / Tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers taping / Tickets to Samantha Bee taping / Tickets to Daily Show taping.

Sets by Aparna Nancherla, Chris Gethard, Ben Kissel, Melissa Villasenor, Jordan Temple, Ramy Youseff, Dan St Germain, Reformed Whores, Noah Gardenswartz, Alison Leiby, Holden McNeely,  Sean Patton, Seth Herzog, Chelsea White, Julia Johns, Travis Irvine, Onassis Comedy, Rojo Perez, Selena Coppock, Doug Smith, and Robert Dean.Hosted by Anthony DeVito and Greg Stone


April 3 at Source Theater: 7:30pm – 9:30pm. $20 pre-show; $25 at the door

Performances by Brick Penguin (Sketch Comedy), iMusical (longform improvised musical comedy), Sean Murphy, Molly Murchie, Chris Ulrich, Mark Chalfant, Joe Randazzo, Ken Hays, Justus Hammond, Sean Ellis, Topher Bellavia, Catherine Deadman, Mike Bass, Daisy Rosario, Pete Bergen, and John F O’Donnell.Hosted by Pete Bergen & Mikael Johnson

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