Bill Irwin and Mike Nichols Will Join Jules Feiffer For Funny Side Up Benefit

By Adam Hetrick
12 Nov 2010

Robert Klein, Bill lrwin, Mike Nichols, Marsha Norman and Eric Bogosian have been added to the Writers Guild of America benefit, Funny Side Up, which celebrates the work of American cartoonist and Tony Award nominee Jules Feiffer.



The Nov. 15 event, held at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, will offer a 90-minute evening from the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon series that ran in the Village Voice and syndication for 42 years. Klein, Irwin, Nichols, Norman and Bogosian will make special appearances as part of the evening that will include a brief question-and-answer session following the performance.

According to the Writers Guild East Foundation, Feiffer takes "the audience through his extraordinary career using a slideshow of comic strips, both his own and his contemporaries and the masters who inspired him as a boy. He will also highlight some of his artwork that has never before been shown in public. Feiffer has specially crafted his solo performance for this benefit and it will be the first time he has performed it in New York! The evening is a one-of-a-kind celebration of one of the great artistic lights of New York City."

Feiffer earned a Tony Award nomination for his play Knock Knock and also penned Grown-Ups. His short story "Passionella" inspired a portion of the Broadway musical The Apple Tree. His books include "Harry, the Rat with Women" and "Ackroyd."

Honorary chairpersons for the event are Alan Arkin, Candice Bergen, Kristen Chenoweth, Paul Dooley, Art Garfunkel, Elliott Gould, John Guare, Sheldon Harnick, Hugh Hefner, Bill Irwin, Robert Klein, Arthur Kopit, John Lithgow, Emily Mann, Bill Moyers, Richard Nelson, Mike Nichols, Oliver Platt, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Gay and Nan Talese and Robin Williams.

Proceeds from Funny Side Up will benefit such WGA East Foundation programs as Veterans Writing Workshops, Actors and Writers Book Clubs and WGA fellowship programs.

Tickets, priced $100-$250, are available by visiting Telecharge. The Friedman Theatre is located at 261 West 47th Street.