As Bernie Sanders's heroic performance on the Senate floor today demonstrates, sometimes endurance is necessary to represent Progressive values. This being the season for altruism as well as activism, here's another opportunity for tenacious performance to improve the lives of those most hard hit by the economic downturn.
The Second City That Never Sleeps is a tradition begun (and thriving) in Chicago, where a small group of comic improvisers perform for 24 hours straight to raise money for a good cause. In Los Angeles this year, we're about to perform for 24 hours to benefit Los Angeles Youth Network.
The sucktastic economic situation has hit all of us, but it's hard to find a more vulnerable population than homeless kids. Their situation in LA County is dire, as EVERY SINGLE OTHER youth facility of its type has had to close its doors in recent years due to a lack of funding. Schwarzenegger et al have slashed funding for social services to the bone, and it's up to the rest of us to pick up the pieces.
LAYN has a remarkable, unheard, crap-your-pants fantastic 80 percent success rate in getting its charges through high school and on their way off the streets. They provide 48 beds, counseling, tutoring, arts and academic education, and the support kids need to get off the streets. They're a spectacular shining star in an area desperately needing some light.
So if you're not in the LA area and can't come down and join us, please join us online. We'll be live streaming the event below (nothing fancy, a basic two-camera setup) from Hollywood starting at 10:30PM PST tonight, ending 10:30 tomorrow. We'll be there with some of the funniest people in LA, sweating it out for the kids.
So enjoy the weirdness, the show will feature veterans of shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, MTV's Wild N Out, Current Television, Groundlings, Second City, SNL, FrankTV, Reno 911, 30 Rock, Last Comic Standing, Colbert Report, Daily Show, Tonight Show, According To Jim, Heroes, Lie To Me. MAD TV, Parks And Recreation, and much much more.