Masada’s generosity reaches new levels

In a town that’s often more about receiving than giving, Jamie Masada is L.A.’s ultimate mench.Masada

The longtime owner of the L.A.’s Laugh Factory, known for offering free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to those down on their luck, is reaching out to help the comedy community in a unique way.

Masada, out of his own pocket, is offering free psychiatric counseling to any comedian who’ll take him up on his offer. While stand-ups have, for decades, make auds laugh at a handful of clubs around town, those same comedians are often quite troubled internally.

Look no further than Greg Giraldo, who’s probably best known to TV viewers for his outrageous and side-splittingly hilarious routine on the Comedy Central roasts. Giraldo, only 44, overdosed on prescription medication last September.

And there’s the list of other comics — some TV staples like Chris Farley, others who never hit big-time stardom — who lost their lives to inner demons: Richard Jeni, Sam Kinison and, of course, John Belushi.

Sessions will be held by clinical psychologist Ildiko L. Tabori, who will be at the Sunset Boulevard landmark four nights a week. No appointments necessary.

For more information, contact the Laugh Factory or call (323) 656-1336.

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  1. When love has already become “chicken ribs”, when it is tasteless to eat but waste to throw away, what will we be supposed to choose?

  2. Gimme a break says:

    This story is a joke in itself. Anyone who knows Jamie knows that he does all this for publicity. Look at that big photo of him!! Do you really think he “cares” about comics? Not one bit. This is publicity for him and his psychiatrist friend. They know that nobody will take them up on this stupid offer to get counseling inside a comedy club. And even if someone did, it’s still the cheapest publicity money can buy. He must have a friend at Variety, too, who is willing to post this BS.

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