The Laugh Factory is hosting a benefit tonight to raise funds for Cory and Cruz Soto, the widow and three-year old daughter of recently-deceased stand-up comedian Freddy Soto.
Soto died in his sleep of heart failure on July 10, 2005 at the age of 35. Only one night before, Freddy triumphantly left the stage of Laugh Factory in Hollywood to a raucous, standing ovation. Freddy struggled and moved up the ranks of show business for 14 years, and although he was on the brink of major stardom, like many other comedians, he had no insurance.
Freddy was known for imitating his family in a loving way and he had universal appeal. His credits included THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG KILBORN, HBO’s COMEDY MINUTOS, Comedy Central‚Äôs PREMIUM BLEND, Showtime’s LATINO LAUGH FESTIVAL, the Aspen Comedy Festival, and several films including Adam Sandler‚Äôs SPANGLISH. Hispanic Magazine rated him one of the ‚ÄúTop 10 Latino Comedians‚Äù.
Comics participating in the Laugh Factory‚Äôs November 16th benefit include: Bob Saget, Jon Lovitz, Carlos Mencia, Paul Rodriguez, Dane Cook, Joe Rogan, Dom Irrera, Aries Spears, John Caparulo and others to be announced .
There will be 2 benefit performances on Wednesday, November 16th — at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The minimum donation per person is $25, or $35 for VIP tickets. All proceeds will be donated to the Soto Family Fund.
Reservations recommended. Please visit www.laughfactory.com or call 323-656-1336 x1 for reservations/information.