GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Not only did Jay Leno produce laughter during a stand-up appearance in Grand Rapids, he also produced some cash.
The former “Tonight Show” host ended his headlining set Wednesday night during an annual festival of laughter by announcing a $10,000 donation to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. The organization is named for comedian Gilda Radner, who died in 1989 from complications from ovarian cancer.
Leno performed for an hour and 20 minutes, cracking wise on current events, aging, food and eating, and life in Los Angeles.
Leno says he first met Radner in 1975 when they both auditioned for “Saturday Night Live.” The 63-year-old says he “didn’t get the show — obviously.”
The fourth installment of Gilda’s LaughFest wraps up on Sunday.