I consider myself lucky in that I get to cover some very special events. One of those was the recent sold-out Garden of Laughs event at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden Exec. Produced by my old friend Rory Rosegarten of The Conversation Company. He who handles Ray Romano, Robert Klein, Brian Regan, and other comics of that renown. Garden of Laughs raised over a million dolllars for Garden of Dreams, which is a charity made up of 25 organizations dedicated to bringing assistance to kids facing major obstacles in their lives like extreme poverty, homelessness, illness and foster care.
Rory Exec. Produced the very first event back in 2013, and this year assisted by some powerhouse names in the comedy world Chris and Steve Mazzilli, from Gotham Comedy Club and Levity Entertainment Group, producer Robert Hartmann, Rick Dorfman of Converge Media Group, and Matt Frost from CAA, they put together an all-star comedy line-up including Will Arnett, Lewis Black, Bill Burr, Dane Cook, John Oliver, and Michael J. Fox, and all of this was hosted by ex-Soprano funny guy extraordinaire Steve Schirripa. I brought Steve on SiriusXM’s Ron and Fez show as my guest, and he is absolutely hilarious! He happens to have a rich comedy background, and he’s got the stories to back it up. Then there were the non-comedian A-listers like Adam Horovitz from the Beastie Boys, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels one of the founders of Run DMC who himself was a foster kid, two other dear friends of mine, Dominic “Uncle Junior” Chianese and Tony “Paulie Walnuts” Sirico also from The Sopranos, Gerry Cooney, Glen Frey, Damaris Lewis the model who performs with Prince, and lots more. And I got to interview them all on the red carpet, except for JB Smoove, who was scheduled to appear but had to drop out at the last minute due to a loss in his family. Oh, and Bill Burr who somehow got past me but managed to laughingly whisper, “I never liked you” as he walked by! I saw him later on that night at The Stand, and he said he saw that I was busy talking to Billy Gardell and he had to go into the show. It was an incredible night and one that won’t be soon forgotten.
Here’s the report from the red carpet.
Michael J. Fox
More videos from the night can be seen on the Comedy Matters Youtube Channel.