Supporters of the comedian who was hit by a train at the Broadway-Lafayette station a week ago have upped their fundraising goal after bring in over $53,000 — and there’ll be another benefit in the East Village tonight.
After Liza Dye was struck by a B train last Thursday morning, there was concern that the 25-year-old uninsured comic might require a leg amputation, but several hours ago she tweeted news that her fourth surgery had been a success. (Before that she wondered, on Vine, why her leg sounded like a tea kettle and scolded someone on Twitter who asked if she was now a sit-down comedian).
An aiming to raise $50,000 received so many visits that Paypal temporarily shuttered it over the weekend, and would-be givers were directed to to send their contributions via e-mail. Now, with 733 donations totaling $53,502, the goal has now been raised to $75,000. The funds will help pay for Liza’s #hospitaLIZAtion, as she’s hash-tagging it.
Contributors include improvisers, stand-up, comedy writers and TV stars such as Saturday Night Live‘s Sasheer Moore, Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson, Inside Amy Schumer’s Amy Schumer, and Zach Braff, the former Scrubs actor soon to appear in a Broadway production of the Woody Allen film Bullets Over Broadway. Not only was Braff one of the first donors but also one of the largest, pledging $9,990.
Former Parks and Recreation writer Chelsea Peretti made a plea for Dye on her podcast, and Parks and Rec co-star Aziz Ansari performed at “If You Build It,” a fundraiser held Sunday night at UCBeast. A second live fundraiser, scheduled for March 5 at The Stand, will feature sets from Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, Wyatt Cenac and more.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., organizers of Poco Restaurant & Bar‘s free FTH Thursday night comedy show will be raising proceeds to benefit Dye’s recovery. Five comedians are scheduled to perform tonight, including Kenny DeForest, Adrienne Iapalucci, and Maria Heinegg.