It was a feast for all in need, as Hollywood’s Laugh Factory served hot turkey dinners, with a side of happiness and hope.
Dozens of comedians and volunteers took part in serving hot plates for those in need.
Some of the volunteers included comedian and actress Tiffany Hadish.
Sure, straight answers are harder to get with comedians…but their sincerity is obvious.
“It’s really nice to help people on a day like this, you give back, you feel grateful. Plus, I have a gravy recipe that I only use once a year,” said Frazer Smith.
Most of the people served wouldn’t talk about their needs, but a few in line admitted it was their first meal in days.
“These are homeless people. They don’t have food for Thanksgiving. We’re the richest country in the world,” Jamie Musada, owner of the Laugh Factory, told TUSEN reporter Joy Benedict. “When I was homeless for a while, it was hard. Every day you had to fight just to eat.”
For 42 years, the Laugh Factory has held the annual Thanksgiving feast for those in need, providing at least two meals throughout the day to anyone who walks through the entrance.
Alejandro Recinos has been eating here for years and says that although he now has a place to stay, he wanted to spend Thanksgiving at the Laugh Factory, a place where he has spent many Thanksgivings.
“I’d rather be here than anywhere else in the world. I can laugh, talk to people,” Recinos said.
But the truth is that hunger isn’t just a problem during holidays. The Los Angeles County Regional Food Bank feeds approximately 800,000 people each month. Still more than double the amount needed before the pandemic.
“It’s expensive when you go to the grocery store, you can’t afford it. That’s why everyone goes to a food bank,” said Margie Carr.
Ultimately, the Thanksgiving feast at the Laugh Factory gave people a chance to dine, laugh, and be thankful that for at least one night, things don’t seem so hard.