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Highlights of David Lynch Foundation honoring legendary manager and producer George Shapiro at first annual Night of Comedy

July 12, 2012

Los Angeles: June 30, 2012: The David Lynch Foundation hosted its first annual “Night of Comedy” to honor legendary manager and producer (and 30-year meditator) George Shapiro. Proceeds went to support TM programs for at-risk youth, veterans with PTSD, and women and girls who have been victims of violence and abuse. Headliners included Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Russell Brand, Garry Shandling and Sarah Silverman. Over 500 people attended. Thanks to all who participated and attended! Here is a quick edit of a fun 15-minute highlight reel from that very blissful evening. – Bob Roth, executive director, David Lynch Foundation.

Related coverage: Blue Carpet Interviews before the David Lynch Foundation Fundraiser Honoring George Shapiro  |  Chicago Tribune: A standup hero: Comedians fete Shapiro  |  Los Angeles Times Ministry of Gossip reports on the David Lynch Foundation’s Night of Comedy honoring George Shapiro  |  VIEW EVENT PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK

Watch this great interview of George Shapiro posted on Emmy TV Legends in the Archive of American Television. He shares great stories of comics he represented, including Andy Kaufman and Jerry Seinfeld. http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/george-shapiro

Chicago Tribune: A standup hero: Comedians fete Shapiro

July 4, 2012

Chicago Tribune A&E
A standup hero: Comedians fete Shapiro

Peter Debruge Variety
11:45 p.m. CDT, July 3, 2012

Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld surprised comedy manager-producer George Shapiro by delivering impromptu standup sets at the Beverly Wilshire on Saturday night. Shapiro, who received the David Lynch Foundation’s inaugural Lifetime of Bliss award, told the audience that former client Andy Kaufman had introduced him to two things: “One was transcendental meditation … and the other was ‘Eraserhead.’ It was Andy’s very favorite movie.” Lynch discovered TM 35 years ago while making “Eraserhead,” later forming the org to offer the technique to high-stress populations, including at-risk youth and veterans suffering from PTSD. As the evening’s hot-blooded emcee, Russell Brand suggested other stress-relieving techniques: “I, for instance, enjoy fellatio, but the bliss is more transitory.” Sarah Silverman pushed the envelope even further, joking about rape and terminally ill babies, which got big laughs from fellow performer Garry Shandling. Surveying the crowd, Silverman quipped: “There’s pockets of judgment. That’s not what transcendental meditation is about.” Shapiro has long evaded career-celebrating awards, so accepting Lynch’s honor gave four generations of comedy talent incentive to attend, with guests ranging from Michael Cera to Carl Reiner, plus a healthy contingent of old William Morris colleagues. Leno stepped onstage to tell the room how Shapiro had encouraged him from the outset. “Meditation is a wonderful thing, but kindness beats all of it,” Leno said. Finally, Seinfeld closed out the evening with personal stories about the “Seinfeld” producer, kidding that most people “have to die to get this. This is what a nice George Shapiro funeral should be.”

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See Variety: A standup hero: Comedians fete Shaprio (with photos) | Los Angeles Times Ministry of Gossip reports on the David Lynch Foundation’s Night of Comedy honoring George Shapiro | Haute Living: The Kings (and Queens) of Comedy Honor George Shapiro (with photos) | Blue Carpet Interviews before the David Lynch Foundation Fundraiser Honoring George Shapiro | See Highlights of David Lynch Foundation honoring legendary manager and producer George Shapiro at first annual Night of Comedy.

Watch this great interview of George Shapiro posted on Emmy TV Legends in the Archive of American Television. He tells some great stories about comics including Andy Kaufman and Jerry Seinfeld. http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/george-shapiro


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