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Write Aid: Eddie Izzard and more to perform in benefit of those impacted by the writers strike

Eddie Izzard, Patton Oswalt, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman and Tenacious D have been lined up to perform next Friday night, Dec. 14, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Write Aid, a benefit concert to help those impacted by the strike.

Tickets are $75; a block of discount tickets for entertainment union members in need will be available tomorrow. The event’s been organized by the Marti Noxon, Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin and United Showrunner Committee.

According to the announcement sent to WGA members, the idea originated with the USC. Prestwich and Yorkin, executive producers of “The Riches,” approached Izzard.

“I wanted to help because the WGA struggle is in the same area as the SAG struggle will be in a few months time,” Izzard said.  “We will also be negotiating over Internet residuals, so doing the benefit seemed like a good way of helping out and showing solidarity.”

Tickets are on sale now: UCLALive.org, (310) 825-2101 or Ticketmaster.

More details to follow tomorrow. We’ll blog them when they’re announced. In the meanwhile, here is a clip to a recent Izzard interview, produced by Sunita Surajan at Variety.com.

— Dave McNary

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