Comedy Superstar

One of only a few comics in history to sell out the famed Madison Square Garden, Gaffigan is the star of three acclaimed Netflix comedy specials, and the Emmy and Grammy nominated and best-selling author was recently announced as part of the cast of FX’s Fargo, and is the star of TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show.


Special Guest

Sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live and the many big screen appearances with Adam Sandler. He has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds and is currently seen as one of the stars on the CBS-TV comedy series Man With A Plan.

Master of Ceremonies

Toronto’s own comedy superstar WILL ARNETT, known for his sardonic wit and hallmark irreverence, is returning as Master of Ceremonies for another hilarious comedy event.


Saturday, May 13, 2017
Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place

Michael Garron Hospital Foundation’s Laughter is the Best Medicine returns May 13, 2017 at the Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place to fill your prescription for laughter. We are thrilled to announce comedic superstar JIM GAFFIGAN and welcome back the eminently funny east-ender, Will Arnett, as our host!

This high-profile gala, with a custom menu designed by internationally acclaimed MASTER CHEF, SUSUR LEE, will carry on our tradition of delivering unparalleled entertainment by continuing to showcase the best comedy the world has to offer.

First there was comedic icon Jerry Seinfeld in 2012, who delivered side-splitting laughs and entertainment for more than 1,500 of the city’s corporate and philanthropic leaders. Next, there was stand-up great Chris Rock in 2014, whose unequalled brand of humour had the audience in stitches during an unforgettable evening. Together with Toronto-born comedian and “Honorary Doctor” host Will Arnett, they ensured no one left without a smile on their face.

Tickets start at $1,500, with tables of ten starting at $15,000. A receipt for income tax purposes will be provided for the maximum allowable amount. For more details on sponsorship opportunities, CLICK HERE


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Global News
WATCH: Will Arnett talks about laughter, Leafs

Actor Will Arnett was back in his hometown Saturday night to host Laughter is the Best Medicine II, a gala fundraiser for the Toronto East General Hospital. But before stepping in front of hundreds of guests inside the Allstream Centre, the Arrested Development star admitted the name of the event worries him. “It concerns me that this seems to be the line that they're taking at a hospital — that laughter is the best medicine," Arnett told Global News. "I'm curious to see what their emergency room looks like. It's got to be a disaster." Arnett conceded that although it's probably not sound medical advice, there is truth to the adage. Read More»

Global News
VIDEO: Toronto native Will Arnett on the Leafs, his career and being back home

Antony Robart had a chance to catch up with actor and Toronto native Will Arnett and discuss his career, the Leafs and what it's like being back home. Read More»

Canada Newswire
A Full House Rocked with Laughter Thanks to Chris Rock and Will Arnett with $2.5 million raised for Toronto East General Hospital

Laughter Is The Best Medicine II event brought out Toronto's Most Generous Guests to Celebrate End of $60-million Private Sector Capital Campaign…Last night, Toronto was treated to one of its most fun and funniest evenings of the year, as Chris Rock performed at Laughter Is The Best Medicine II—a comedy gala that raised $2.5 million in support of Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH.) With Will Arnett as Master of Ceremonies, over 1400 guests celebrated the completion of the hospital's $60-million private sector capital campaign at the sold-out affair, held at the Allstream Centre. Chris Rock—the multi-Emmy and Grammy award winner, critically acclaimed as one of the world's best comedians—had the crowd in stitches for more than an hour, with all-new material, prepared especially for TEGH's guests. The occasion marked the first time Rock had ever performed for a private event…Video footage of the event, including an exclusive interview with Chris Rock, can be downloaded at this link Read More»

Beach Mirror
TEGH raises $2.5 million at Laughter is the Best Medicine gala featuring Chris Rock

It was all about the "funny" at this year's Laughter is the Best Medicine to benefit Toronto East General Hospital. The sold-out crowd packed the Allstream Centre in Toronto and were treated to performances by comedians Mario Joyner and Emmy and Grammy Award winner Chris Rock. But it was hometown favourite Will Arnett who stole the show with his quirky humour. He also got the crowd very excited during the live auction as he spontaneously offered up dinner with him and his friend, Brendan Shanahan, President of Toronto Maple Leafs, who was among the "famous faces" lending their support. Me please!... Read More»

East York Chronicle
TEGH raises $2.5 million at comedy fundraiser to reach $60 million target

With $2.5 million raised at its Sept. 27 "Laughter Is The Best Medicine" comedy gala featuring Chris Rock, the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation has reached its target of raising $60 million from the private sector to help fund its $360 million redevelopment project, the organization says. "The $2.5-million raised at this gala was significant; it helped us close out the ambitious $60-million private sector campaign we started five years ago," said Michael Burns, gala co-chair and chair of the hospital's foundation board, in a statement posted on the organization's website: http://foundation.tegh.on.ca/ Read More»

Chris Rock and Will Arnett rocked the house with $2.5 million raised for Toronto East General Hospital

Chris Rock - the multi-Emmy and Grammy award winner, had the audience in stitches with more than an hour of all-new material prepared especially for "Laughter is the Best Medicine" - an annual gala in support of the Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH). In this sit down interview, Rock talks about his support of the Toronto East General Hospital, offers some advice for up & coming Comedians, discusses his new film project "Top Five" with Adam Sandler, and more. Primetime Emmy nominated Actor, Will Arnett (SNL) was the Master of Ceremonies, and the event marked the first time that Rock has ever performed at a private event. The event of 1400 esteemed guests raised $2.5 million in support of Toronto East General Hospital. Read More»

Mr. Will's Wall Of Fame – Blog

Celebrating the completion of an ambitious $60 million capital campaign towards the $360 million redevelopment of Toronto East General Hospital, the Laughter is the Best Medicine II Gala took place this evening at Allstream Centre. With soon-to-be-completed Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre being a primary point of focus, Stars came out to show their support for the fantastic Cause. Spotted were the likes of Comedian Gerry Dee and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jonas Siegel, Joffrey Lupul and more. Emceeing the Black Tie Affair a second year, Toronto Funnyman Will Arnett continues to show his commitment to the Cause, while the likes of Comedian Mario Joyner, Cancer-surviving Singer Joseph Neale and Headliner Chris Rock took to the stage… Read More»

In Photos: The "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Gala with Chris Rock

Last Saturday night, Sept 27th the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place was the venue for "Laughter is the Best Medicine", a charity gala for the Toronto East General Hospital. Filling the shoes of Jerry Seinfeld back in 2012, the headliner this time was the one-and-only Chris Rock to an audience of 1,400 guests. And apparently it was all-new material. How funny was Chris Rock? Obviously, he had the entire venue roaring with laughter. His jokes ranged from filthiness to the clever observations that's made him the famous funny man that he is today. "It's a great cause. The hospital does a lot of amazing work. And I just wanted to be with the right people; and this just seemed like the right time," said Chris Rock about performing for Toronto East General Hospital. Adding to the celebrity power was Canada's own Will Arnett as Master of Ceremonies (once again) who was also really funny in his own right. Singer/Songwriter Joseph Neale, a survivor of lung cancer thanks to life-saving thoracic surgery at TEGH, also performed at the event. Read More»

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Avante Security was proud to protect and provide secure transportation to Chris Rock and his team during his stay in Toronto. Chris Rock headlined the Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala which raised over $2.5 million for the Toronto East General Hospital on September 27, 2014. Read More»

CBC News
Chris Rock on stand-up in the age of the smart phone

Legendary stand-up comic Chris Rock joins guest host Tom Power to discuss his ever-expanding list of creative projects. The Saturday Night Live alum has played the leading man in Everybody Hates Chris, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed documentary Good Hair, and produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell -- to name only a few things on his impressive resume. Now he joins Power to reflect on his early days, working the comedy circuit in the age of smart phones, and whether he sees himself as a mentor to the next generation of talent. Chris Rock and Will Arnett are in Toronto this weekend for the Laughter is the Best Medicine benefit for the Toronto East General Hospital. Read More»

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