Changing the world one laugh at a time.
The Comedy Collective Foundation was formed in 2012 in order to make an impact using humor as a means to make a difference.
We provide quality entertainment benefitting various charities. We will work with other non-profits to host events and produce videos that will both educate and entertain. As the collective grows scholarships will be given to young comedians, musicians, and artists. The idea was chartered with the goal of providing opportunities for comedians to freely express themselves while combining undiscovered talent with larger names.
We consult with non-profits on fundraising strategy as well as advising on auction items to raise funds. We also started producing comedy and music events for charity. The first event in November 2012 was held at the Whole 9 Gallery and raised more than $1,300 for The Peace Project. Headlining performers included the hilarious Nina Manni and Shelagh Ratner, who had just been voted California’s funniest female comedian.In April of 2013 we hosted an event for the Orangutan Republik where Monique Marvez headlined on the heels of her one hour Showtime comedy special. Comedic performances by Jennie McNulty and Johanna Petrie kept the audience laughing through the evening, while noted musician Ethan Gold handed out complementary LP’s to those in attendance and comedian Russell Brand donated scarves for auction. Musical guests Dianna Saint-Hilaire aka Versailles, Cyn, Karen Reed with Lauren Wood, and Tara Blume accompanied by Mark Sadek also took the stage. Los Angeles DJ Flip Lynch was on hand to spin beats. Local artists Francis Gonzalez, Oshri Hakak, and Andy Brodsky created artwork to be sold at the Orangutan Republik’s Beverly Hills event. Through the foundation’s efforts over $2,500 was raised. On June 11, 2013, we brought together a group of standup comics at the Laugh Factory Hollywood to raise funds and awareness for the victims of the multiple tornado disaster in Oklahoma. Hosted by the amazing and hilarious Shawn Pelofsky, the event was a huge success and raised thousands of dollars for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Comedy Collective Foundation was there to run the auction and provide logistical support at the event itself. At the same time, we launched a ‘shadow benefit’ in the offices of various television and movie production companies throughout the city to try and match the funds collective at the benefit. In total, we estimate that more than $8000 was raised for Red Cross from the various events. With each event, we have gained momentum and refined our approach to fundraising.