Comedy Stars Stage First Celebrity Fundraiser “Laughing is Good….” for Torie Osborn’s Assembly Campaign

March 27th, 2012

Hal Sparks, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch Will Take the Stage in “Laughing is Good When it Benefits Torie Osborn for Assembly” Fundraiser; Members of the Cast of “Queer as Folk” to Join in the Post-Show Reception

[LOS ANGELES, CA – March 27, 2012] Marking a first in her campaign, a trio of Hollywood’s top comedians will celebrate and support State Assembly candidate Torie Osborn in a celebrity fundraising event on April 5th at 7pm at the Director’s Guild Theatre with “Laughing is Good…”. Performing at the special one-night-only comedy event are Hal Sparks, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch, with members of the cast of Queer as Folk also attending. Among other notables, former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and Osborn herself, a leader of community nonprofits and candidate for California’s new, open 50th Assembly District, will both be appearing and speaking at the benefit.

Hal Sparks, who starred in ‘Queer As Folk’ and appears often on Stephanie Miller’s radio show, and is a member of the touring company Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour, will perform a portion of his renowned stand-up show for the crowd. Lily Tomlin, who starred in her own tour de force “The Search For Signs of Intelligence In The Universe”, will take the stage for a set as a special guest. Bruce Vilanch, a six-time Emmy Award winner, and heralded writer for the Oscars, Tonys, Grammys and Emmys, will bring thoughts from his own one-man show ‘Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous’. Members of the cast of Queer As Folk will also show their support by attending the post-show reception after the event.

Tickets for the star-studded fundraising event range from $50 to $1,000 and are available at or at taiattaieventsdotcom  (taiattaieventsdotcom)  .

With just three months until the June primary election, Osborn has been running an aggressive and grassroots fueled campaign, winning important endorsements from community groups, labor organizations, every local Democratic Club that’s made a decision in the race, nearly every elected leader that AD50 voters consider important, and well over 600 grassroots activists. Additionally, she’s leading the field of candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, and has solidified herself as the frontrunner in the race.

“I am deeply honored to have these incredibly talented stars hosting a major event for my campaign,” said Osborn. “I’m running for the Assembly on a platform of reform. It’s time to shake things up and transform our state government by putting action and results ahead of talk and political games. And, although money is by far not everything in a campaign, it is a vital resource that will be used to get my message of change out to voters all across this district.”

For more information about the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign, or to view Torie’s full list of endorsements, click here.


“Laughing is Good When it Benefits Torie Osborn for Assembly” takes place April 5th 2012 at the Directors Guild of America in the main theater. Performers include Hal Sparks, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch. An after-party is scheduled, with cast members of Queer as Folk scheduled to appear. Tickets for the star-studded fundraising event range from $50 to $1,000 and are available at or at taiattaieventsdotcom  (taiattaieventsdotcom)  

Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently Director of Strategic Relationships for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governance reform. More information about Torie Osborn and her campaign activity is available at

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