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Dave Chappelle Helps Raise Over $100,000 For Struggling Comedians Affected By COVID-19

Dave Chappelle, along with other comedy giants, raised over $100,000 to benefit comics whose industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

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Chappelle was the surprise special guest and headliner of the live three-day podcast hosted by famous Los Angeles comedy venue, The Comedy Store. The show’s final segment was hosted by Neal Brennan and featured Bill Burr and Donnell Rawlings of Chappelle’s Show.

Chappelle takes the mic around 2 hours and 45 minutes into the program. He talks about touring and what it was like to work with the late Charlie Murphy.

Chappelle and fellow comics reminisce about life pre- COVID-19, and of course, trash talk one another for listeners’ entertainment.

Other comics who participated in earlier segments of The Comedy Store Benefit include Whitney Cummings, Bobby Lee, Chris D’Elia, and Andrew Santino. Listen to all three episodes on The Comedy Store’s website.

Along with other non-essential businesses, The Comedy Store was forced to close in mid-March due to the pandemic. In a statement released on April 16, the venue announced they will continue to pay their staff and regularly booked comedians for the foreseeable future. The podcast benefit produced by the venue shows the establishment is also committed to supporting unaffiliated talent in need.

Chappelle is currently quarantined at his home in Ohio as Los Angles County, where The Comedy Store is located, remains on lockdown.

Stand up comedians relying on gigs for income have all had events canceled and may be unable to work from home. Comedy Gives Back offers financial and mental health support to performers who are currently out of work do to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Comedy Gives Back COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund is accepting grants for Comedians impacted by COVID-19. While many people can work from home, this is not an option for comics. If you've had gigs canceled due to this pandemic, we're here to help. The intent of this fund is to provide approved applicants with a one-time grant to minimize financial hardships caused by COVID-19. These modest grants are meant to give immediate relief to stand-up comics who have lost gigs and income due to recent shutdowns. Small grants of up to $500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to affected comedians. Please see grant guidelines below. ​ In order to qualify: You must have been a working comedian for at least one year Have made a minimum of $12,000 and no more than $70,000, as a stand-up comedian Can show proof of recently canceled shows. ​ We will get through this together. #laughaid #comedygivesback #covid19 #grant #financialgrant

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Comedians Adam Sandler, Howie Mandel, and again, Whitney Cummings, were among many performers who participated in Comedy Gives Back’s Laugh Aid stream earlier this month.

The comics live-streamed from their homes and raised over $300,000 during the six-hour charity event.

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