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Comedians raise $42,000 for charity on three days notice

Louis CK
Louis CK

If the world of social media has taught us anything it's that news travels instantly. If you’re trying to pull off a charity event on three days notice, thats good news.

On Monday, February 20th, Louis CK preformed at the WIlbur Theatre in Boston with three days prep time to benefit The New England Center for Children (NECC), a school for autism, and promptly raised $42,000 dollars.

The show was announced the Friday before and tickets went on sale at 7 pm, by 8 pm the show was sold out. CK was joined onstage by Jim Gaffigan and Keith Robinson, both of whom were a complete surprise to the audience.

Gaffigan had preformed at the Wilbur over the weekend and was asked by CK at 2 pm the day of the show if he could do it. Gaffigan agreed and made his way out from New York City to take part in the fundraiser.

CK and Gaffigan have been together in the comedy news world recently as Gaffigan is following in CK’s footsteps and plans to released his newest special online only for a $5 download, with $1 going to Bob Woodruff Foundation. CK’s special earned more then $1 million dollars in 12 days, $280,000 of which was donated to a number of charities.

The show was the brainchild of Robert Smigel– aka, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Smigel and his wife Michelle have a son with autism who attends NECC. The couple have also been integral in the production of Comedy Central’s Night Of Too Many Stars, which raises money for autism research, schools and awareness.

The New England Center for Children

Founded in 1975, The New England Center for Children’s mission is to transform the lives of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology.

For 38 years, NECC has remained true to its founding mission and has become one of the leading institutions worldwide serving children with autism and their families. In addition to providing proven and highly effective educational services for children with autism, NECC has become an acknowledged leader in research and training in the field, continually advancing the most effective, evidenced-based methods in teaching and care, training hundreds of professionals who are now providing state-of-the art care and services worldwide.


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