Adam Sandler, Howie Mandel and More Raise Over $300K for Unemployed Comics Amid Virus Crisis

From left: Adam Sandler, Howie Mandel, Whitney Cummings

"We need to support these people that put a smile on strangers' faces," Mandel said during Laugh Aid, a live charity event for comics affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a few laughs could do the world good — and comedians including Adam Sandler, Howie Mandel, Whitney Cummings and more are offering just that during the Laugh Aid live stream.

The six-hour charity event on Saturday focused on gathering donations for Comedy Gives Back's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which aims to assist comedians struggling during the virus crisis. Over $300,000 has been raised and donations can be given at cc.com/laughaid. As of Sunday morning, a total of $356,206.37 was raised, according to the organization. 

Mandel, one of many hosts for the event, stressed that "we need laughter ... laughter is, as everybody says, the best medicine" and that Laugh Aid will be a huge support to out-of-work comics. "We need to support these people that put a smile on strangers' faces."

Iliza Shlesinger appeared with chef husband Noah Galuten to cook a hearty quarantine meal, sauerkraut and beans, while joking that the stream of comedians on webcams looked like "a bunch of moms trying to broadcast." 

Bob Saget and Cummings, who also helped with hosting duties, mentioned how interesting Laugh Aid had been in terms of looking into famous comedians' homes — especially Mandel's. "My favorite part of the show was how Howie Mandel was trying to find the shittiest part of his house to look relatable," Cummings quipped. 

During Drew Carey's appearance, the Whose Line Is It Anyway? host taught improvisational games to Cummings, saying they could offer entertainment for those quarantined at home. Cummings, sarcastically unsure of her skill, said, "I'm afraid I'm about to set women back 80 years." 

Cummings, joined by Bert Kreischer (with six feet of distance between them), also checked in with Sandler, who said he has been spending his quarantined time staying up until early in the morning with his two children. 

Laugh Aid is set to stream for six hours on Saturday through Twitch, Twitter, Comedy Central’s YouTube channel, Facebook and the Laugh Lounge app. An audio version will be available afterward on Spotify and SiriusXM.

The live stream will also feature Bill Burr, Marc Maron, David Spade, Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Ray Romano, Jeff Ross, Anthony Jeselnik, Tom Papa,  Amanda Seales, Jessica Kirson, The Sklar Brothers, Bert Kreischer, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder and more. 

Watch Laugh Aid's live stream below.

April 5, 8:05 a.m. Updated with total amount of money raised.