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Jay Leno To Perform Pro Bono For Laid Off Detroit Workers

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Detroit, Newsworthy, Pop Culture by Suzanne Denbow | March 11th, 2009 | 1 Response |

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In a gesture of goodwill towards an area with the highest unemployment rate in the country, comedian and late night talk show host Jay Leno will be performing a stand-up show completely free of charge for unemployed workers in Detroit. Scheduled to take place on the Pistons’ home turf at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, tickets are limited to four per person and the only requirements for admission are a photo ID and the lack of a job. In addition to the live entertainment, Leno will also be sharing another precious gift with down-and-out Detroit denizens: an exclusive look at his auto collection. Noted for being an enthusiastic car collector and extremely knowledgeable gear head, Leno will be displaying the impressive contents of his garage in the parking lot of The Palace.

“I’m watching our president and he’s saying what we should do to help,” explained Leno. “We got this bad economy thing and well, I tell jokes…so how can I help out? So I was thinking, an awful lot of people unemployed, out of work, don’t have any entertainment dollars…Well, one of my favorite places is Detroit, and there are so many out-of-work autoworkers. People work hard their whole lives, they’re saving their money and so I thought, why don’t I go to Detroit and do (my comedy) show?” Continued Leno, “I want to do a show for the, not just the auto workers, but anyone out of work in Detroit. But it’ll be free. It won’t cost you a dime. Not that I’m the greatest comic in the world, but it’s free. If you don’t like it, you get your money back!”

Source: CNN
Image Cred: AP Photo/Lisa Poole

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  1. Imee says:

    I’ve read about this a while back. I think it’s nice of Jay Leno to do a free show, it’s the least anyone could do for those who lost their job… And it’s nice that he chose to do it in Detroit–my aunt lives there and the loss of car-related jobs has been affecting everyone, including her (she owns a daycare). Besides, Leno loves his cars!