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So, first and foremost, I wa…
So, first and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. I am truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and generosity you have all shown. Together, we raised $5,375 for the Rape Foundation’s Stuart House, helping them to provide services for more resilient children in need.

My fundraiser ended yesterday, and I’m sure you’re probably wondering how everything played out. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for Stuart House) the afternoon with Judd Apatow went for well over $9,000. But, in the spirit of never saying die, I went looking for other unique opportunities that benefited this great cause.

After a little digging, I found out that there were several other auction items that would help me continue making strides on my career path and solidify my position as a versatile performer.

After all the dust had settled I ended up walking away with three lots: 1.) a D’Angelico guitar that I will use to continue networking at open mics and with creative people like Garrett Hedlund and Mary Elizabeth Ellis (people I’ve gotten to know while street performing in Silver Lake), 2.) three comedy lessons with the incomparable Bill Bellamy, culminating in a Hollywood performance, and, finally/most amazingly, 3.) a whole day at Funny or Die headquarters in Santa Monica filming a new comedy short and meeting with writers, producers, and actors; an opportunity that might be as valuable for a young writer as an afternoon with Judd Apatow.

All in all, I couldn't be happier with the final results of this endeavor. I raised over $5,000 for these kids in need. I gained opportunities that can and will benefit my career. And, I've gotten to experience what it’s like when a group of like-minded, caring individuals make helping people their priority.

Beautiful is the only way I can truly describe what this was like and what all of you are like. You are beautiful, and really love you all.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And, I just hope that I can repay the kindness you have all shown me.

You can check out more specific details on my day at Funny or Die here:

Thank you all so much again.


Kyle Wassell
5 years ago
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Paul Shawkat
Redondo Beach, CA United States
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