Bill Maher, Jay Leno, Albert Brooks, Richard Lewis, Drew Carey, Shelley Berman and Jonathan Winters are among the comics lined up for a salute to pioneering political satirist Mort Sahl on Thursday at the Wadsworth Theater. Larry King is set to emcee.
Salute is one of a number of fund-raising efforts that comedians have organized in the past few months for Sahl, who’s hit hard times financially. It’s understood that Sahl pals including Woody Allen, George Carlin, Dick Cavett and Robin Williams have recently reached into their checkbooks to help the comic, who turned 80 on May 11.
Others skedded to appear at Thursday’s Wadsworth event, spearheaded by comedian Ross Shafer, including David Steinberg, Paula Poundstone and David Brenner.
Sahl came to prominence in the late 1950s and ’60s with a politically charged nightclub act and a number of popular comedy albums, including “Mort Sahl at the Hungry i” and “Mort Sahl: The Next President.”