'You Are the Heroes,' Comedians Tell Clinicians

Liz Neporent

April 08, 2020

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Rob Corddry, a Daily Show alumnus and star of The Unicorn, wanted to pay tribute to the tired medical workers who treat coronavirus. It was, as they say, "too soon" for jokes. So what could a comedian do?

Then it occurred to him: He'd gather some of his best comedy buddies together to shoot short videos thanking front line medical workers.

"This project started a week ago when my friend, an ER doctor at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, tested positive for COVID-19 right after she was put in charge of her staff's mental well-being. Needless to say, she's still working around the clock, taking care of a staff that she tells me is exhausted, scared, overworked, under-resourced — and yet still coming to work every day, in spite of it all," Corddry told Medscape Medical News.

What began as a few videos has quickly grown to well over 50, Corddry said. Currently, they're being passed from person to person via a shared Dropbox folder but Corddry hopes to find a more public home for them soon. The project has also become a fundraiser for Project C.U.R.E.

"There's nothing funny about coronavirus but that doesn't mean a little levity won't lift the sagging spirits of any healthcare professional who needs it," he said.

Here are three of the videos from the collection. We'll post another three soon.

Rob Corddry

In addition to putting together this video project, Corddry and his wife Sandra gather leftover fabric to make masks for hospital staff. They've also donated to Dine-11 LA, a charity that buys meals for hospitals from local restaurants.


Sarah Silverman

"I came to NYC to mount a musical I had cowritten about 3 days before the world stopped. One of my cowriters is currently in the ICU with COVID and in critical condition," said Silverman, a two-time Emmy award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and producer. "Beyond that, I am donating and feeling helpless."


Tony Hale

VEEP star Hale said his next gig could be Project Runway — for masks. "Our church was online this past Sunday and a friend of ours told the story of how she's a costume designer with all these fabric samples lying around. She sent us and many others a tutorial on how to make masks. So my family has been diving in," he said.


Now it's your turn to show your support for your medical colleagues. Click here to donate to Project C.U.R.E., a charity that delivers personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to hospitals and clinics in more than 130 countries including the United States. Corddry says he chose this charity because it puts PPE and other essentials directly into the hands of the healthcare providers who need it the most.

Liz Neporent is Medscape's executive editor of social media and community. She has previously worked at ABC News National as well as other major news outlets. She's based in New York City and can be reached at lneporent@medscape.net or @lizzyfit on Twitter.

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