Writer-director Judd Apatow is headlining a benefit tonight at Largo in Los Angeles for The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Responsible gun laws are essential. It’s shocking that even after all the mass shootings that have happened that there isn’t more being done to make our country safer,” Apatow told Deadline. “I think they are a great force for good on that issue. And there’s so much good to be done. Most Americans can agree with what needs to be done, but the gun lobby is so strong and so influential with these politicians that nothing gets done. I’m not sure what it will take. But it’s an important battle not to give up on.”
Apatow said that he has been doing shows at Largo almost every other week for charity so he picks charities that he cares about. How did he get involved with doing a benefit for Brady? “Adam McKay did an event with them last year and talked to me about their work,” he said.
Apatow is the latest in a long list of celebs who have offered their assistance in gun violence prevention through various organizations including Mom’s Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety. Families of mass shootings often speak about the hope one day for all of these various groups to join together to unite into one powerful force.
The show, which starts tonight at 8:30 PM (with doors opening at 7 PM) is called “An Evening with Judd Apatow and Friends.” Who are those friends? Norm MacDonald, John Doe, Natasha Leggero and Andy Kinzler. There are still a few tickets available, Apatow said.
Others who have stood up and lent their celebrity to responsible gun legislation issue include this past weekend’s Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Oscar-nominated Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) whose brother was murdered. Those who have come forward specifically to help with benefits for the Brady Center include Garry Shandling, Adam Sandler, Lindsey Buckingham, Ryan Adams, David Spade and Jackson Browne to name a few.