Friends of Washington D.C. comedian Joe Deeley recently received word that he had suffered a stroke that left him with paralysis in his left side, and hospitalized for the foreseeable future. Like many working comedians, Joe does not have health insurance, and is sure to incur some very large hospital bills. A PayPal account has been set up to make donations in order to assist Joe in his recovery, and ease his financial burden. Donations towards Joe’s medical bills can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org (organized and monitored by comedian Rory Scovel), and we encourage anyone who can spare a few dollars to please do so.
Joe has been a staple in the the D.C. and Maryland comedy scene for almost a decade, and was known by most as and exceptionally kind and generous guy. He regularly filmed comedians’ sets for them to use as demos, audition tapes and reels. He rarely, if ever, wanted anything in return. In his life offstage, Joe is the primary caregiver to his special needs brother, and takes care of his two elderly parents. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have a glowing word to say about Deeley onstage or off.
At the beginning of 2012, the national comedy community came together to help comedian Josh Adam Meyers after his tragic accident involving a drunk driver that not only left him hospitalized with medical bills, but also took the life of his dear friend, and highly respected comedian Angelo Bowers. I ask you to please circle the wagons for one of our own again, and let him know that we are by his side, and will see to it that he gets the care and treatment he deserves so that he can hopefully make a full recovery.