Joel McHale slays Forgotten Harvest Comedy Night at Detroit Opera House


Forgotten Harvest hosted their 23rd Annual Comedy Night Benefit Friday, May 1 at the Detroit Opera House featuring comedian Joel McHale. Celebrating their 25th year, Forgotten Harvest is one of Metro Detroit’s biggest charity organizations. Their main mission is to fight hunger and waste, collecting surplus foods from over 800 local Health Department-approved stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers and whole food distributors in the area.

The night’s festivities included words from Forgotten Harvest’s CEO Kirk Mayes and founder Nancy Fishman, along with an auction featuring trips to the Michael Jordan Flight School, a New York visit with tickets to “Live with Kelly and Michael,” and a limited-edition motorcycle.

Opening for McHale was fellow comedian Brooks McBeth. McBeth was formerly a staff writer for MadTV and is currently touring with McHale. He opened with some raunchy jokes that really got the full house warmed up.

McHale’s dry humor needs no introduction. The star of NBC’s “Community” and E!’s “The Soup” left nobody unscathed, from his channel-mates the Kardashians to his own kids. He had the crowd roaring as he told stories of his cheap father, saying he refused to call an ambulance and “take a thousand dollar cab ride” when he had a heart attack, and consistently made short jokes about Ryan Seacrest. (Side note: at 5’8” Ryan Seacrest doesn’t seem all that short, but Joel McHale is 6’4”.)

As people were filing out of the Opera House, they were still laughing and recanting their favorite jokes of the night. The show was yet another successful Annual Comedy Night, and McHale can now be added to the list of comedians like Tim Allen, Seth Meyers, and Martin Short, who have assisted the local charity.

A thousand dollars is enough to fuel one of Forgotten Harvest’s trucks for a full year, and last year, they raised enough to provide two million meals to people in need. With tickets going for between $25 and $175, Forgotten Harvest’s 23rd Annual Comedy Night Benefit made a great impact and will keep hype up for next service year of Forgotten Harvest.

If you’re interested in volunteering or donating to Forgotten Harvest, visit

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