We all know laughter can be the best medicine, that’s why one father is asking the public to tell 5,000 jokes for his 19-year-old son who’s battling brain cancer to help him during his recovery.
The father, Len Austrevich (who is a former stand up comedian), has already received help from a-list comedians like Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jay Leno, Dane Cook, and now the owner of the Laugh Factory, Jamie Masada, is doing his part by hosting a 30 hour Joke-A-Thon to help reach the goal of 5,000 jokes.
We got Jamie on the phone this morning to talk about Len’s charity Jokes4Miles and the Joke-A-Thon webcast that’s happening right now, and how anyone can pitch in and spread the laughter to help ill children around the world.
Len started Jokes4Miles for his 19-year-old son Miles who has been battling brain cancer for three years and is about to undergo an autologous stem cell transplant that will keep him in isolation for 3-6 months. His father went to the public to ask for 5,000 jokes for Miles so he could have something to watch online and show him he’s not alone while he was in recovery.
Len said in a statement, “Once we hit 5,000 Jokes4Miles, we will start building pages for other children.”
With the help of Jamie and the Laugh Factory, he has arranged for a Joke-A-Thon to be streamed online so that children at Children’s Hospitals across the country can share in on this special event with Miles. The event is happening simultaneously at both the Los Angeles and Chicago Laugh Factory locations.
Everyone is invited to come out to the Laugh Factory for the Joke-A-Thon that started on Tuesday and runs until Wed., April 25th up to 7 PM. Or you can go online and upload your favorite (clean and children-friendly) joke to Jokes4Miles.com.
Listen to our interview with Jamie to learn more about this special event and watch the Joke-A-Thon live online at LaughFactory.com!