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.