Comedians punch up Venice Family Clinic gala
Even honoree Judd Apatow had to admit that scheduling the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala the night after the Academy Awards was perhaps a bit much, but that didn’t stop his comedy posse from showing up to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Monday.
“I am on three hours’ sleep, after watching Colin Firth dance all night,” Apatow admitted as he accepted the clinic’s Humanitarian Award. Helping to raise funds for the seven-location free clinic, the largest in the United States, Apatow, his pals — including Johnny Knoxville, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen — and the rest of the well-heeled attendees raised over $1 million for the cause.
Nick Kroll hosted, Patton Oswalt performed a ribald comedy set, the Eels sang and Fiona Apple closed the show, but not before Rogen got in a few funny licks as he introduced Apatow, while “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre, a big supporter and former honoree of the clinic, looked on.
“Judd sent me an email,” Rogen said, “telling me what to say. No Jew jokes, he said, you saw what happened to Charlie Sheen. It’s a dark day in Hollywood for Jew jokes.”