Crashing star Pete Holmes and producer Judd Apatow were recently planning a live comedy event, “A Night of Crashing,” to promote the upcoming third season of the HBO show. When the Crashing producers were brainstorming a nonprofit organization to support with the event’s ticket sales, Young Leadership Circle member Brenda Sarai Zuniga pitched Smile Train, and everyone agreed that a comedy show to bring smiles to children around the world was a great fit.
The lineup for the Smile Train benefit show included Crashing guest stars (and some of stand-up’s biggest names) John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman,and Pete Davidson.
As another special treat for those in attendance, musicians Sean Watkins, Jackson Browne, Mike Judge, Israel Parker, Scott Gates, Sean Watkins, and John Frizzell played a short set for the show as well.
After the tickets sales were counted and the last joke was told, the evening raised $7,000 for Smile Train. Smile Train’s CEO Susannah Schaefer said of the event, “Thank you Brenda, Pete, Judd, HBO, Largo at the Coronet, and everyone who made this evening a reality. Your special ability to bring smiles to people’s faces is powerful, and using them for our organization is so appreciated.”
To learn how you can create smile-filled events as a member of Smile Train’s Young Leadership Circle, just like Brenda, check out the Get Involved section of our site.