• Steve Peckingham

Laughing for Good - 12/9. Support Live Comedy and save the laughter!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contacts: Debbie Pressman - debbie@positivejampr.com Heidi Vanderlee - heidi@positivejampr.com


Comedy Gives Back Presents Laughing For Good - December 9th Fundraiser in Comedy Clubs Nationwide Partnering with BetterHelp for Free Mental Healthcare.


On Thursday December 9th, 2021, the supportive non-profit Comedy Gives Back is kicking off their giving season initiative “Laughing For Good,” which invites comedy clubs to raise awareness and money to support stand-up comedians in need. Participating independent clubs and shows like Gotham Comedy Club in NYC, The Laughing Skull in Atlanta, Mortified at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY, The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and The Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington, as well as major chains like The Improv have committed to take part in the “Laughing For Good” initiative already.

An incredible and growing slate of comedy podcasts, live streams and podcast networks will be participating in Laughing For Good, as well: Add to Cart with Kulap Vilaysak and SuChin Pak, All Things Comedy, Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People with Chris Gethard, Don’t Tell My Mother! with Nikki Levy, Kill Me Now with Judy Gold, Medium Popcorn, Mental Health Comedy, Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast, Office Ladies, Reply Guys, RISK!, Starburns Audio, The George Lucas Talk Show, We Don’t Even Know, Wide World of Dougs with Doug Benson, and more.

We don’t have to tell you - the last couple of years have been very hard on the comedy community. Comedy Gives Back has been, and continues to be, a crucial safety net for comedians in need. During the pandemic, Comedy Gives Back gave more than 1,000 cash grants to working comedians who lost access to their income as live performance venues were forced to close.

Holiday season can be an incredibly lonely time. Comedy Gives Back anticipates that the needs of working comedians will only increase, as we continue to weather this pandemic. Whether it be back rent, medical bills, or the need for mental health services, it is essential that Comedy Gives Back be there for the comedy community. Mental health is a year round issue, and to kick off giving season during this particularly difficult time, Comedy Gives Back have partnered with BetterHelp. BetterHelp is an online therapy platform with licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), and board licensed professional counselors (LPC), offering a free month of coverage for comedians in need.

Comedy Gives Back believes that being alone onstage is part of the job of the comedian. Feeling alone off-stage is unacceptable.


ABOUT COMEDY GIVES BACK For comedians, being on stage alone is part of the job. Feeling alone offstage is unacceptable. Our mission is devoted to help provide comedians in need with financial crisis relief, mental health and chemical dependency treatment sponsorship and continued community support. Comedy Gives Back is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity based in Venice, CA.


ABOUT BETTERHELP BetterHelp is an online therapy service that promises to make therapy more accessible and convenient. By removing barriers such as scheduling and transportation, BetterHelp users can get help from licensed professionals simply by having an internet connection. Through BetterHelp, therapy is available through exchanging messages, live chats, phone calls, or video conferencing.

MEDIA INQUIRIES FOR COMEDY GIVES BACK: Debbie Pressman: debbie@positivejampr.com Heidi Vanderlee: heidi@positivejampr.com


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