Comedy Gives Back announces COVID-19 relief grants, LaughAid benefit

Comedy Gives Back is fulfilling the promise of its name today, announcing a new emergency relief fund for comedians impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an all-star LaughAid benefit next week.

As for the relief fund, here are the details.

Go to Comedy Gives Back’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund page to apply.

The intent of this fund is to provide approved applicants with a one-time grant to minimize financial hardships caused by COVID-19. These modest grants are meant to give immediate relief to stand-up comics who have lost gigs and income due to recent shutdowns. Small grants of up to $500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to affected comedians.

Who’s eligible?
  • You must have been a working comedian for at least one year
  • Have made a minimum of $12,000 and no more than $70,000, as a stand-up comedian
  • Can show proof of recently canceled shows.  

As for LaughAid?

Details are coming together and still developing, but LaughAid will raise money for Comedy Gives Back to distribute to more comedians.

The LaughAid livestream benefit is scheduled for 4 p.m. Pacific on April 4, 2020. (4/4/4) Comedians lined up so far to participate or contribute include Bill Burr, Dane Cook, Nikki Glaser, Anthony Jeselnik, Jessica Kirson, Bert Kreischer, Howie Mandel, Marc Maron, Tom Papa, Patton Oswalt, Ray Romano, Jeffrey Ross, Amanda Seales, Iliza Shlesinger, and the Sklar Brothers.

I’ll bring you more details as I get them!

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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