September 26, 2001 -- "It's time to live again, and laughing is part of that," Jerry Seinfeld said yesterday at a press conference announcing a "Stand Up for New York" benefit for the Fireman's and Policeman's Widow and Children's Fund and Twin Towers Fund. Seinfield will be joined by Bill Cosby, Will Ferrell, Colin Quinn, and George Wallace for the show, which will be held Oct. 8 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Prices will range from $100 to $2,500 for the benefit. Tickets go on sale Thursday
Wallace, who won an American Comedy Award for Best Stand-Up, told the New York Post that laughter is the "greatest medicine in the world."
Added Seinfeld, "The entertainment industry always has to be responding, moment to moment, to people's tastes and feelings. This is a major shift that happened very suddenly, so it will require an immediate change.
"We were all shaken up, everyone's hurting, but … you start to want to fight back," said Seinfeld.
Leno: Viva Las Vegas Jay Leno is also doing his part to get America back on its feet. The Tonight Show host and stand-up comedian is giving a free show at the MGM Grand this Saturday, Sept. 29 to convince people to travel to Las Vegas, where tourism has slowed to a trickle since the Sept. 11 attacks.
He announced the plan on his show on Monday, saying, "All I ask is that you tip your waiters and waitresses. We have to turn this situation around."
The show will be held in the MGM Grand's 1,700-seat EFX Theatre at 10 p.m. Complimentary tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis this Thursday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at the EFX Theatre Box Office. To obtain a ticket, guests of the hotel must present an MGM Grand room key and an out-of-state driver's license or a Nevada driver's license to be eligible. Tickets are limited to two per person.