By Jenny Peters
Some of Hollywood’s funniest people joined forces to help fight domestic violence victims at The Comedy Store, with a night of stand-up yukks. Led by the always hilarious Lisa Ann Walter, who served as host (and did a very funny set, too), comics of all colors, shapes and sizes hit the stage to support Face Forward‘s Third Annual “Laugh It Forward” fundraising event.
The house was packed with supporters, including Face Forward founders Deborah Alessi and her husband, Dr. David Alessi, the Beverly Hills-based facial plastic surgeon. Together, the couple is dedicated to providing pro-bono physical and emotional reconstruction services to women, children and men who have been victims of domestic violence, human trafficking or any other cruel, disfiguring acts of crime. Also on hand were some of the patients the organization has aided along the way, as well as honorary committee members (and actors) Brett Dalton of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” fame, “Homeland” star Shaun Toub and Lydia Cornell.
Up on stage, Aisha Tyler led things off, joking that the night was “a chance to get really f*cked up for a great cause,” and encouraged everyone to drink up and give generously, too. Then the laughs started – and despite the weirdly inappropriate behavior of The Comedy Store’s bouncers, who went out of their way to stifle the typical comedy club call-and-response banter between audience and performers – and the donations rolled in.
Helen Hong, Amir K and Cathy Ladman did wildly different sets, but all three had the crowd in stitches, while Rachael O’Brien, Stephen Kramer Glickman and Bobby Lee worked a bit harder for their laughs. The gem of the night was the wacky Linda Lovin’ set, as the alter ego of comedian Cynthia Levin brought the house down with her outrageous antics.
Face Forward’s next fundraiser is an Arabian Nights-themed black-tie gala on September 23 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood; for tickets to support this important cause, click here.
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