The 30 Hour Joke-A-Thon starts today at 3:00 PM and runs through tomorrow at 9:00 PM at the Laugh Factory comedy clubs in Chicago and Los Angeles.
The Jokes 4 Miles crew will be on hand to videotape people eager to help 19 year-old Miles Austrevich cope with his cancer therapy. Miles was diagnosed with brain cancer over three years ago, and will soon undergo an autologous stem cell transplant at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. This will require Miles to be put in isolation for 3 to 6 months.
Len Austrevich is a veteran stand-up comedian who has set out on a mission to collect 5,000 video tapes of people telling a joke to his son. Miles gets a huge kick out of watching the jokes while he’s going through therapy. So far, Jay Leno, Ernie Banks, Amy Poehler, and Will Arnett have taken part in the campaign, and Len has been on WGN radio with Jonathon Brandmeier, and on Channel 2 News promoting the cause.
So drop by, tell a joke, and be part of a fun event for a worthy cause. Maybe even hang out a while and support all the other people who have come to share the gift of humor. The Laugh Factory in Chicago is located at 3175 N. Broadway in Chicago.