SHOWN ON TBS AND HBO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2006
YOU MAY ALSO DONATE AT ANYTIME AT COMIC RELIEF
To be presented from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as part of the second annual edition of The Comedy Festival, the special will be hosted by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, who also hosted the first eight “Comic Relief” events on HBO.
They will be joined by Bob Zmuda, and the telecast will include a live remote from Harrah’s Fulton Street in New Orleans and showcase the work of New Orleans filmmaker Kenny Morrison. New Orleans brass-funk group Bonerama will serve as the house band.
With Comic Relief’s mission to unite the comedy community behind some of society’s most relevant causes and pressing needs, the COMIC RELIEF 2006 concert will help families affected by Hurricane Katrina in the rebirth of New Orleans, raising funds to help them rebuild their homes and tangibly address causes that kept people from escaping.
While the focus will be on New Orleans, Comic Relief will look for ways to assist the recovery efforts in other areas of the region where possible. Donations are already being accepted at the toll-free number 1-800-528-1000, or at Comic Relief’s website, comicrelief.org.
Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. According to cnn.com, the storm flooded 80% of the city and destroyed the lives of thousands of people throughout the Gulf Coast.
Today, the population of New Orleans is estimated to be just half its pre-storm total of 465,000. Beyond the flood damage, surveys reveal that a major
factor among those who died was that they chose not to leave their homes because they did not want to abandon their pets.
Funds raised will go to Katrina-related charities that help both humans and pets. The executive producers of COMIC RELIEF 2006 are John Moffitt, Pat Tourk Lee, Bob Zmuda and Bob Crestani; director, Walter C. Miller.
For 20 years, COMIC RELIEF has been one of the major homes of activism among the comedy community. The Comic Relief organization has produced more than 80 shows, including the first eight major “Comic Relief” events seen on HBO from 1986 to 1998, which raised more than $50 million for programs aiding the homeless throughout the U.S.
In 1992, Comic Relief mounted the first major benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Andrew, which raised $2 million in one night.
For more information visit comicrelief.org.