Daniel Tosh Uses 'Tosh.0' to Help Comedian Fight Brain Tumor
Comedy Central host bets against his favorite football team to raise money for a friend in need.
It's not all videos of barf and people acting like fools. Daniel Tosh is also using his Comedy Central show to help a fellow comedian with a serious medical condition.
On Tuesday's episode of Tosh.0, the comedian used a chunk of airtime talking about Andy Ritchie, a friend and fellow stand-up comic who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
"If you want to help him out, please donate anything you can to his GoFundMe page, and I encourage you to," said Tosh after showing some of Ritchie's stand-up.
So far, more than $43,000 has been raised.
The show — which features an array of viral videos from the Internet that Tosh lampoons — recently raised $25,000 after once again auctioning off props and costumes from past segments. But in California, Tosh said, 25 grand is just a drop in the bucket for medical expenses, so "I've decided to do the responsible thing and gamble," he said.
"Once I double it, [Ritchie] can do whatever he wants with it; go on a lion-hunting safari or get treatment," said Tosh.
Tosh bet it all on the New England Patriots to cover the first-half three-point spread against his beloved Miami Dolphins during the Thursday night game.
Charlie Siskel, executive producer of the show, told THR the bet is legit, and Tosh will give every penny of his winnings to Ritchie.
"It is a bit for the show as we are doing it for comedy, but it is also real," says Siskel. "If we win, yes, the plan is to contribute it to Andy, who's in a rough spot."
During the segment, Tosh said he couldn't lose — for the most part.
"If my Dolphins are winning, I'm happy. If they're losing, Andy gets some much-needed help. If the Dolphins are only losing by three points, there is no God," said Tosh. "So please, Tom Brady, once in your life, you and Bill [Belichick] use your shady, dishonest cheating powers for good in the first half only. In the second half, I hope you get the shit kicked out of you."
Siskel says there is no plan if Tosh loses — because he won't.
"This is the lock of the week," he says. "We can't lose."
Ritchie could not be reached for comment.
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