Keep it Clean: Hollywood’s favorite comedians turn out for a cause on the blue carpet
Some of comedy’s biggest names came out to support Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s charity the Waterkeeper Alliance at the Keep it Clean® Live Comedy Benefit on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles. Hollywood’s favorite comedians and avid supporters of the cause including Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ray Romano and more came out in support of the cause and MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) was on the “blue carpet” to dive a little deeper.
If you're wondering what comedy and the clean water act have to do with one another, comedian Kevin Nealon explained the importance of awareness in causes like these and how comedy in fact brings people together, which makes it the perfect medium for this cause. “The idea about tonight is to raise awareness about our water and this organization, and comedy obviously is a great beacon for that because people love to laugh and come out and have a good time.”
We also spoke to ‘Suits’ actress Rachael Harris who is best friends with ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ actress Cheryl Hines, who many people may not know, is actually Robert Kennedy Jr.’s wife. A few years ago, Harris got involved with the cause via her best friend Hines and used her comedic touch to draw more attention to the cause. “I’m best friends with Cheryl Hines, who is married to Bobby, and I would go with her to all of these events and it was really depressing but also hopeful and effective. I thought why don’t I get a bunch of my funny friends together and we will do a viral campaign that is funny,” she said.
As Senior Attorney and President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is clearly very passionate about this cause. Given the current political climate, however, it is not something that is necessarily being brought to the forefront in the White House. Kennedy expanded on this and spoke about what the current environmental laws are and what is really going on in this country in terms of clean water.
“Right now our environmental laws are under assault more than they have ever been. We saw these kind of assaults with the Regan and both Bush administrations, but there has been nothing like today. They just repose regulations that will strip most of the waterways in our country of clean water act protections. All of the rivers and streams in the west would no longer be protected. Every lake in our country will lose protection. Tens of millions acres of wetland would lose protection. Every waterway that is only in one state that doesn’t cross state lines will lose protection. Seventy-five endangered species will go extinct. It’s Armageddon for the water ways and it’s not even receiving coverage in the press because of this circus.”
To learn more about Waterkeeper Alliance, please visit https://waterkeeper.org.