Comedians Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Keith Robinson performed tonight at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston in an effort to raise money for the New England Center for Children, a school for autism. By the end of the night, the NECC realized a $42,000 contribution thanks to the comedians and hundreds of enthusiastic comedy fans.
The show came together quickly, as we reported late Friday, with C.K. agreeing to do the show with only three days of prep time. Tickets went on sale at 7 pm on Friday and were sold out by 8 pm. Gaffigan’s appearance tonight was a complete surprise– as was Robinson’s Apparently, Gaffigan — who had just performed five sold out shows at the Wilbur this past weekend — hung up the phone with Louis at 2 pm today and made his way from New York City to Boston, having just returned to Manhattan yesterday.
The show was the brainchild of Robert Smigel– aka, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Smigel and his wife Michelle have a son with autism who attends NECC. The couple have also been integral in the production of Comedy Central’s Night Of Too Many Stars, which raises money for autism research, schools and awareness.
Photo: Stephanie Cook