Written by Michelle Kretzer
Comedian Fred Willard, star of Best in Show and the new show Trust Us With Your Life, is an expert at
using humor to get folks to care about serious animal issues. For some fun on a
Friday, here are two of Fred's greatest hits: trying to come up with the
perfect name for PETA's animal birth control campaign and pondering why on Earth
someone would buy instead of adopting.
night, the Stand-Up for Animals PETA benefit show at the famous Comedy
Store on L.A.'s Sunset Strip was funnier than a barrel of animatronic monkeys.
Bill Maher, Jane Lynch, Carol Leifer, Jeffrey Ross, Marc
Maron, and host Fred
Willard—in other words, some of the most talented comedians in the world—came
together to raise money for PETA and kept the packed house laughing until the
audience's sides hurt.
Guests included Pink, Carey Hart, Olivia Munn, Cloris Leachman, Jorja Fox, Christian Serratos, Renee Olstead, Elisabetta Canalis, Emily Osment, and Moby, many of whom tried
valiantly not to do spit takes with The Comedy Store's delicious vegan snacks while
laughing at Jeffrey Ross' hysterical poem to his cat or Carol Leifer's explanation
that she had to go vegan because being a Jewish lesbian wasn't enough.
Bill Maher quipped, "Before PETA
was around, you know, you could f-ck with animals any way, anybody, anytime,
anywhere, and now you can't. That's a pretty big change in the world. That's a
big achievement. … Animals will not be ignored. They're the Glenn Close of
And with all the funds raised by the end of the night, PETA can
make sure that animal abusers won't be laughing for long.
National Pet Month, the perfect occasion for animal guardians to give their
best friends some extra love and attention. Animals aren't tough to please—they appreciate even just a little quality time with
us. Our funny friend Fred
Willard and his canine buddy like
to spend time together practicing table etiquette and trading dog jokes:
ways to tell your loyal companion how much he or she means to you are extra-long
play sessions, a new toy, or homemade treats. Check out these doggone good tips from Ingrid E. Newkirk's
book Let's Have a Dog Party! and purrfect
pointers from 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You for more fun ways to speak your animal companion's language.
Written by PETA
Inspired by the recent release of Carol Leifer's vegetarian testimonials, here are the 10 most knee-slapping, gut-busting, laugh-til-you-cry PSAs that PETA has to offer:
I admit that the order of this list was subjective, so why don't you leave a comment to tell us which PETA PSA you think is the funniest?
Written by Karin Bennett
Finally, I'll be able to watch Top Chef with a clear conscience! Have you heard the deliciously good news? The Bravo show has announced its list of guest judges for the upcoming season, and on the roster is none other than the stunning vegan actor Ms. Natalie Portman!
I can't not love this show!
While it crushes my little heart each time the show's chefs spotlight animal unfriendly cuisine, you and I both know what must be in store if they're open to featuring Natalie. Given that the gal won't even wear leather for a big-screen role (instead ensuring that producers find her cruelty-free synthetics) and is an ethical vegan, we can be sure that the show's contestants will cook up some dishes that we'll all want to devour.
Written by Missy Lane
Here are the top four reasons why Fred Willard is the man:
4. This Is Spinal Tap: Seriously, put it on your bucket list.
3. Waiting for Guffman: A travel agent–slash–community theater star who's all tracksuit and no talent—nice.
2. ABC PSA (ad-libbed version): Known for his improv skills, Fred ad libs on the acronyms in this funny bit focused on our Animal Birth Control (ABC) campaign.
And the number one reason Fred Willard is the man? Well, you'll just have to see for yourself:
Written by Amy Elizabeth
Fans of FOX’s Back to You breathed a collective sigh of relief when the writers ended the show’s long drought with two brand-new episodes last week. You’re going to have to bear with me for a painful segue here, but legendary funnyman Fred Willard—who stars alongside Kelsey Grammer in Back to You—was good enough to co-host PETA’s 25th Anniversary Gala a couple of years ago, which I was fortunate enough to attend (they needed some people to help clean up afterwards). So, for any Fred Willard fans out there who are anxiously awaiting the next new episode of Back to You in April, here’s an exclusive video from that event to tide you over:
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.