"If you don't laugh, you'll cry"

As Public Citizen’s esteemed president, Robert Weissman, said recently, “If you don’t laugh at much of what goes on in the nation’s capital, you’ll cry.”

Indeed, laughter will be aplenty on Sunday, June 12, at the Brentwood Theatre in Los Angeles. There, a fundraising benefit will be held to support Public Citizen. Called “Stand Up for Main Street,” the event will feature six comedians who will all provide a unique take on the state of politics today. If you’re in the area, come out for it! If you know people in the Los Angeles area, send them a link to this blog post and encourage them to attend.

We have to thank Steve Skrovan, a Los Angeles writer and executive producer and Public Citizen board member, for organizing this. Here’s why he’s doing it, in his own words:

I decided to organize this event to raise awareness and funding for Public Citizen because comedy is a great way to bring people together and make a point. Plus it’s what I do. Supporting Public Citizen is a very satisfying way to be involved in politics. This leading-edge consumer group is one of the nation’s original public interest champions, and it’s been making a meaningful difference in my life and yours for decades.

Skrovan, by the way, has worked on shows like “Seinfeld,” “Hot in Cleveland” and all nine seasons of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He first became involved with Public Citizen after directing the critically acclaimed, Sundance Grand Jury-nominated and Oscar short-listed documentary on the life and career of Public Citizen’s founder Ralph Nader entitled “An Unreasonable Man.”

The comedy event will feature: Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Dom Irrera (“The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), Andy Kindler (The David Letterman Show”), Paula Poundstone (NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”), Hal Sparks (“Queer as Folk”) and Roy Zimmerman (satirical songwriter).

It will be held from 6:30 – 8 p.m.  The Brentwood Theatre is located at 11301 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Tickets are $50 per person (mezzanine) and $100 per person (orchestra). Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.