Rosie O’Donnell to host comedy benefit FRIENDLY HOUSE LA with Kathy Griffin and more
Rosie O’Donnell is set to host an amazing comedy night to benefit Friendly House LA on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the Fonda Theater. The “Stand Up For Friendly House LA” benefit will also feature an incredible array of fierce and funny women, including performances from Atsuko Okatsuka, Beth Lapides, Gina Yashere and headliner Kathy Griffin, and others will be announced.
Friendly House LA is a beloved space that provides a safe, structured and supportive home environment that promotes recovery for women seeking recovery from alcohol and other substance abuse disorders. “Over 70 years ago, Friendly House was started by a woman with a dream. A dream of a safe space that would unconditionally love and support women recovering from addiction. A safe space for women learn to love themselves. I’m deeply humbled and honored to help this beautiful home in any way I can. And if I can do that with friends while we make people laugh, well, that’s one of my dreams, said Rosie O’Donnell.
Tickets for the 600-seat theater will range from $80-$150, with all proceeds going directly to Friendly House LA. Pre-sale tickets for AMEX members available from May 4 at 10:00 a.m. PT through May 5 at 10:00 p.m. PT. Pre-sale tickets for AEG Golden Voice members available May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. PT (password: MOMSROCK). General public tickets go on sale May 6 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available HERE.
Friendly House LA Mission Statement:
Friendly House LA’s mission is to provide women seeking recovery from substance use disorders with a safe, structured and supportive home-like environment that promotes recovery, personal growth and civic responsibility. Our goal is to help every client regain her dignity and gain the knowledge, skills, support and resources she will need to lead a drug-free, purposeful and productive life. As a non-profit community organization, our commitment is to reach out to every qualified candidate who sincerely wishes to recover. https://friendlyhousela.org/
Atsuko Okatsuka is a comedian, writer, and actor seen on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden. VULTURE said his set “won late at night” the week it aired. She is currently a cast member of Stephen Colbert’s Fairview and Washingtonia animated projects on Comedy Central and Paramount+. and recreated internationally and amassed an audience of over 7 million. His comedy has been written about in Paste Magazine, Variety, and The New York Times to name a few, and his comedy debut album “But I Control Me” was featured on NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn as one. of the best comedy albums released in 2020
Beth Lapides is the creator and host of UnCabaret (Comedy Central, Amazon Prime), the groundbreaking show at the heart of the alternative comedy movement. She is the author of the critically acclaimed original audiobook “So You Need To Decide” from Recorded Books. His workshops are a hotbed of creativity. She has been seen on Comedy Central, CNN, NPR and HBO’s Sex & The City.
Gina Yashere was born and raised in London, UK to Nigerian parents, and previously worked as a lift engineer for Otis.
Gina has been a stand-up and TV star in the UK for many years now, with appearances on iconic TV shows such as Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week, as well as creating and performing hugely popular comedic characters, Tanya & Mrs. Omokerede on The Lenny Henry Show.
She burst onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to Final 10 and then never made it home!
Gina was later named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 10 Emerging Talents.
She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever perform on the iconic Def Comedy Jam, as well as for her hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show (NBC) and Crashing on HBO.
Gina has self-produced 3 separate one-hour Stand Up Specials, Skinny B*tch, Laughing To America and Ticking Boxes, two of which are currently streaming on Netflix.
Gina’s 4th Stand Up Special also airs on Netflix, as part of The Stand Ups Season 2, and is garnering rave reviews on the network.
Kathy Griffin is a two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian, a dominant figure in television, touring and publishing. She is known worldwide with her universally recognized brand of comedy. In 2019, Kathy completed her ‘Laugh Your Head Off’ world tour, which featured sold-out performances around the world including North America, Europe, Australia and Singapore. This global exposure led to her docu-comedy feature debut, “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story,” which debuted in over 700 theaters nationwide on July 31, 2019. The film premiered in many film festivals, critically acclaimed. . “A Hell of a Story” is now available for digital download on Apple, Amazon or wherever movies are sold worldwide.
Kathy’s unrivaled style of humor and prolific comedic pedigree make her one of television’s go-to hosts for high-profile live events. Kathy drew huge audiences around the world to CNN’s New Year’s Eve special, which she co-produced and co-hosted with Anderson Cooper for 10 years. Kathy has co-hosted the Billboard Music Awards LIVE three years in a row, the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards LIVE and AARP’s Movies for Grownups Gala. Griffin’s surefire hosting success led to his own live late-night talk show, Kathy. Griffin won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her hit reality series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which aired for six years on Bravo. He was nominated every year of his run. The show also won the GLAAD Media Award for Best Reality Program.
Griffin’s influence is also found in publishing. Her boisterous and revealing memoir, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Griffin’s highly anticipated second book, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My AZ Index, was also a New York Times bestseller. Griffin has been featured prominently on the covers of The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, and The Advocate, as well as detailed profiles in the Los Angeles Times, New Your Times, New York Magazine, and Forbes.
In addition to performing, writing and producing, Ms. Griffin is a renowned speaker and has spread her empowering messages of equality through activism and humor across the country. Ms. Griffin’s passionate advocacy for women, the LGBT community and other disenfranchised groups has come through many candid and intimate conversations with award-winning journalists and moderators from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times , of the Hudson Union Society, 92Y, Oxford. Union, as well as technology giants Google, AOL, Yahoo! and Buzzfeed.
From writing New York Times bestselling books to filling the nation’s greatest concert halls on her comedy tours, Griffin has established herself as one of the most powerful figures in the comedy and a First Amendment warrior. Unfiltered, fearless and totally hilarious, it’s a must-have for any stand-up fan.
Rosie O’Donnell – Rosie O’Donnell has made her debut as the winner of Star Search’s comedy category!
Over the years, O’Donnell has been America’s best friend, a voice for truth, and an inspiration to people of all ages. She was host and executive producer of the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy Award-winning television series The Rosie O’Donnell Show. , Rosie Radio.
In 2017-2019, O’ Donnell co-starred on the critically acclaimed Showtime show, SMILF.
In 2020, O’Donnell received rave reviews for her portrayal of Lisa Sheffer in the EMMY-winning HBO limited series; I Know This Much Is True and is currently a main character on Showtime’s new show, American Gigolo.
On the big screen, Rosie has starred in A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Another Stakeout, The Flintstones, Exit To Eden, Now and Then, Beautiful Girls, Harriet the Spy and Wide Awake.
His stage credits include Broadway productions of Grease, Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Music Man and No, No, Nanette.
Rosie produced the Broadway musical with Boy George, Taboo.
Rosie took an incredible step in philanthropy when she received the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 2014 TONY Awards for her “…dedication, commitment and unconditional generosity to arts education and public schools in New York City” .