Tonight, across the country, comedy clubs are coming together for the first time to help comedians by helping The Actors Fund, the charity that assists entertainment professionals nationwide with a variety of programs and services including financial aid, housing support, and an AIDS initiative. The comedy clubs are donating their cover charges directly to The Fund, and the comedians are donating their performances. Budd Friedman, the founder of the Improv, has put this evening together for what’s expected to be an annual event. Here’s a partial list of participating clubs:

California
The Improv – Brea
The Improv Melrose – Los Angeles
The Improv – Irvine
The Improv – Ontario
The Improv – San Jose
Comedy & Magic Club – Hermosa Beach
Ice House Comedy Club – Pasadena

Florida
Off the Hook Comedy Club – Marco Island
The Improv – Tampa

Georgia
Funny Farm – Roswell
The Punchline – Atlanta
Uptown Comedy Corner – Atlanta

Kansas
Stanford and Sons: Legends – Kansas City

Massachusetts
Comedy Connection – Boston
Comedy Connection – Saugus
Comedy Connection – Chicopee
Beantown Comedy Vault – Boston

Michigan
The Comedy Castle – Royal Oak

New Jersey
The Stress Factory – New Brunswick

New York
Gotham Comedy Club – Manhattan
Laugh Factory – Manhattan

Ohio
The Improv – Cleveland

Pennsylvania
The Improv – Pittsburgh (Homestead)

Rhode Island
Comedy Connection – Providence

Virginia
The Richmond Funnybone – Richmond