Supporters and stars flocked to the corner of Ivar and Sunset to laugh and partake in a Comedy for a Cure fundraiser. Coin from the April 7 benefit went to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, which seeks to find a cure for TS complex, while also improving the lives of those affected.
Hollywood’s Lure nightclub was packed with serpentine black-cloth tables, which were covered with silent-auction gems: a basketball signed by Magic Johnson, a Lance Armstrong collage, etc. Emcee Mo Collins kicked off the night by recalling a previous Comedy for a Cure stint.
“I looked into Vogue magazine yesterday, and I was very excited to see that jumpers are in, because really all I had to do was leave my pajamas on and put on heels,” quipped the comic, who was sporting a black one-piece jumpsuit. “This is like the most comfortable thing I’ve ever, ever worn, and I mean truly it’s for those of you that were here last year — at one point my vagina fell out of my pants, so these pants are perfect for that.”
Perfs followed by TV scribe Brad Wollack and thesps Scot Robinson, Kate Flannery and Mary Lynn Rajskub, with many jokes playing to the charitable crowd.
“Full disclosure: Up until this morning, I thought this was an event for tuberculosis,” ribbed Wollack. “I was also gonna donate my French chateau, but I have to get one first — I’m happy to throw in my two-bedroom condo in West L.A. for anyone that’s interested. Or I’ll do this, if you throw in an extra 50 grand, I will go with you to France.”
Jokes for the night ranged from gay wedding snafus to the carnage of Whole Foods’ parking lots, but Flannery and Robinson’s faux lounge act as the Lampshades stole the spotlight, mixing live music with apropos humor.
“By the end of every Comedy for a Cure benefit, everybody in the audience ends up hooking up,” Robinson warned, before diving into a smarmy love jam. “So don’t get too comfortable.”
“You people really know how to party!” added Flannery.