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New charitable fund for individuals working in comedy founded in conjunction with MTV Networks’ The Comedy Awards.

(February 15, 2011, NYC) The Actors Fund is known for its work helping everyone in the entertainment industry—including comedians, comic actors and comedy writers. To further aid that segment of the community, The Actors Fund is pleased to announce its involvement with The American Comedy Fund, which has been launched in conjunction with Comedy Central and MTV Networks’ The Comedy Awards, (airing Sunday, April 10, 2011). To be administered by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), this new financial resource will help The Actors Fund—along with the Motion Picture & Television Fund—provide social services and financial assistance to comedians who qualify.

A welcome addition to the entertainment community, The American Comedy Fund is the first-ever charitable fund dedicated exclusively to supporting the comedy community in times of need, crisis or transition. This invaluable new resource will help The Fund provide much-needed financial assistance, health services and other resources for comedians across the country—many of which have no union support.

Congratulations, also, to Actors Fund Trustee Alec Baldwin, who is a Comedy Award nominee for his hilarious work on 30 Rock. The Comedy Awards will pay homage to the genre, honoring the year's best comedy actors, films, television series and digital shorts. The event will celebrate the talented writers, directors and performers who have literally changed the laugh track of our lives:  the pioneering legends who pushed boundaries; the TV shows that we rushed home for; the movies that are indelibly etched into our collective pop culture memory and the stand-up comedians that make us think while we laugh.

For more information on The American Comedy Fund, visit Tune into The Comedy Awards telecast on Sunday, April 10, 2011, and visit for a complete list of nominees and the latest buzz.

About The Actors Fund:
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone – performers and those behind the scenes – who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping nearly 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has – for over 125 years – been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit

David Engelman, The Actors Fund
212.221.7300 ext. 176