Organizers said a second 5 p.m. show was added over the weekend after demand was so high for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets start at $50 per perform, with $500 to co-host and $1,000 to host.
The event is being organized by Artists for Bernie, and will be livestreamed on the Laugh Factory YouTube page.
Laugh Factory founder Jamie Masada said that what drew him to Sanders was when he watched one of his speeches and “he was talking about the poor and the disadvantaged.” He cited the increasing numbers of homeless people who turn out for dinners that the Laugh Factory has provided on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“Nobody is talking about it,” Masada said. “But he said, ‘We need to help the poor people.'”
Sanders will not be present for the event, as he is campaigning in Iowa in advance of the Feb. 1 caucus. He was in Los Angeles in October for a series of fundraisers, including an event at Avalon Hollywood where he was introduced by Seth MacFarlane.