Last night I attended the “Garden of Laughs” benefit at Madison Square Garden. The draw?
In truth, there were six comedians on the bill — Adam Ferrara, Darrell Hammond, Robert Klein, Brian Regan, Wanda Sykes and Romano — with the ever classy Bob Costas as MC. And lots of surprise celebrities from sports, TV and film serving as presenters between comedy sets.
It was an especially great time to be a local.
With that lineup, it’s no surprise that the comedy was top notch. But what did surprise me was my favorite set of the night. Not Ray…not last night. No, Robert Klein — who appeared at the mid-point of the show — killed it.
Klein’s not typically one of my favorites, but I had a hard time catching my breath, I was laughing so hard. As Bob Costas so accurately put it,
Proceeds from the “Garden of Laughs” benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which has conducted events and programs for more than 215,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.