Charlie Hill is battling for his life. The Native American comedian who made his television debut in 1977 on The Richard Pryor Show has been fighting lymphoma cancer for over a year. A pillar at the famed Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Hill has begun taking donations on the crowdfunding site EverRibbon.com. “Donations are to help Charlie’s family take care of him at home and also for Charlie’s immediate family,” the description explains.
Hill was the first of his kind. He was a unique act in the 1970s as a Native American comedian who truly spoke his mind. He was the first Native American to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and has appeared on both of David Letterman’s late night shows, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Roseanne, and several big time sitcoms.
The 62-year old comic could really use your help. Many people who appreciated Hill’s comedy, both friends and strangers, have donated what they could to honor this legend, even drawing words of support from fellow comedians like Elayne Boosler.
To make your donation, click here. See a brief recap of Charlie Hill’s career below.