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Jay Leno to headline 24th annual Forgotten Harvest Comedy Night May 7


“You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh. It’s as simple as that.”

Those are words to live by. Laughter does make everything better.

That quote comes for comedian Jay Leno. He’ll headline Forgotten Harvest’s 24th annual Comedy Night on May 7 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Tickets range from $25 to $150 and can be purchased by visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office, Joe Louis Arena Box Office, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), Ticketmaster outlets, by phone 1-800-745-3000 or online at

Forgotten Harvest is one of the nation’s largest food rescue organizations. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit its network of more than 280 agencies in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties that provide fresh food options to metro Detroiters in need, relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste.

The need is great. One in five people, nearly 672,000 people, still face hunger and poverty in metro Detroit.

“Comedy Night continues to be our biggest fundraising events of the year,” said Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes. “We’re sure it will be an evening filled with laughs while supporting thousands of families in need right here in metro Detroit.”

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Forgotten Harvest rescues food left over from grocery stores, trendy restaurants, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. That keeps it out of landfills and puts healthy foods into the homes and mouths of many hungry Detroiters.

Among the organizations served are the Salvation Army, Detroit Rescue Mission, Focus Hope, Mariner’s Inn, Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), and Michigan Veteran’s Foundation. Thirty-four trucks cover 500,000 miles annually serving the hungry in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. A staff of 30 people drives full- and part-time on logistics detail.

Last year Forgotten Harvest rescued 41 million pounds of food.

“Ninety-six percent of every dollar is spent on program services, the bulk of which supports our truck fleet,” says Mayes.

Join Forgotten Harvest for a fun night with Jay Leno and contribute to helping a great cause.

Leno spent more than 20 years as host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He called it quits in 2014. (See video above for the epilogue of his final show.) A car guy he now hosts Jay Leno’s Garage. His Big Dog Garage houses one of America’s great collections of cars and motorcycles. It’s custom-built and staffed by a team of “mechanical wizards, who can fix, restore or customize just about anything.”

He also adds to his resume the titles of best-selling children’s book author, pioneering car builder and mechanic, stand-up comedian, movie voice-over talent and philanthropist.

Here are some great Leno lines you may or may not hear at the event.

“Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?”

“If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.”

“You aren’t famous until my mother has heard of you.”

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