By Sahil Patel
If “Laughing Matters” is the tagline for VideoInk’s Comedy Issue, then it goes double for Comedy Gives Back, an organization that looks to raise money for social causes by producing events featuring mainstream and digitally-native comedians.
In its second year, Comedy Gives Back’s tentpole event is a 24-hour live “digital telethon,” which pulls together live and taped performances from different global venues to benefit a certain charity. This week, tickets went on sale for this year’s digital telethon, which will take place on November 6, with shows originating from New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Sydney.
The entire show will be streamed by Dailymotion. Acts scheduled to perform during this year’s live-stream include Jim Breuer, Dane Cook, Rhys Darby, Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman, and Kevin Nealon, among others.
Donations made during this year’s telethon will go to benefit Malaria No More, which is doing all it can to end deaths caused by malaria.
Comedy Gives Back says this year’s telethon is set up so that 12 hours will be devoted to stand-up, with the remaining 12 hours consisting of hosted comedy blocks featuring content from comedy brands like IFC, Cracked, Sideshow Network, and Earwolf. Confirmed talent to appear during these live and taped segments include Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Pollak, Scott Aukerman, and Shira Lazar. These segments will be streamed from the What’s Trending Studios in Hollywood.
Once the event has ended, Dailymotion will distribute the live stand-up shows on demand, making it available for all viewers on November 9.