Some of the tri-state area’s funniest personalities came together for one GIANT laugh!
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings hosted the “Giant Night of Comedy” at the legendary Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. The event supported the Rashad Jennings Foundation, which strives to educate, inspire and encourage youth everywhere through enlightenment, mentorship and fitness.
“I’m a big nerd and I love laughing!” Rashad joked with #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino. “I truly believe laughter is the best medicine and it’s a universal language. I thought this was a creative way to raise money and awareness for what we do.”
Rashad’s lineup of comics was a “Saturday Night Live” writers- room dream. Performers included Garden State native Artie Lange, “SNL’s” Pete Davidson, WBLS personality Earthquake, and Comedy Central‘s Godfrey. “Stuttering John” Melendez of “The Howard Stern Show” and WNBC 4 New York‘s Bruce Beck served as co-emcees.
“Rashad didn’t have it easy growing up, yet overcame that,” supporter Dr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show” said. “To take that pain and use it as a powerful tool is a great role model for all of us.”
Rashad took advantage of the 200+ crowd- that included many of his Giants teammates, pop star Ashanti and Miss New Jersey 2016 Jessielyn Palumbo– to announce another charitable endeavor, The Locker Room Project. This nationwide venture, co-founded by Rashad and high school teacher Christina Hovestadt, aims to help student athletes succeed in all levels of life.
“Rashad has been a pioneer in the locker room, challenging guys to use their celebrity to uplift and bring along others,” explained Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara. “He’s been a walking demonstration of that tonight.”
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