WHAT: Viral Vignettes, eleven one-act comedies starring popular character actors from classic TV shows and films that will be part of a three-hour streaming show. Stars play characters talking to each other over Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom, dealing with the ups and downs of life, during that unprecedented time. Program will include Q&As with the actors to benefit The Actors Fund.
WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2021 beginning at 8pm ET 5pm PT
WHERE: The Pop Goes the Culture TV channel on YouTube
WITH: Barry Bostwick (Spin City, Rocky Horror Picture Show), Mary Chieffo (Star Trek Discovery), Lydia Cornell (Too Close for Comfort, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Maxwell Gail Jr (Barney Miller, General Hospital), Michele Greene (LA Law), Yvonne Jung (Third Watch, ER), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle, Mixed-ish), Adam Langdon (Prodigal Son, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Jenny Leona (Unforgettable, Blues Clues), Fred Melamed (WandaVision, A Serious Man, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jim Meskimen (Jimpressions, Impress Me), Don Most (Happy Days, Glee), Gail O’Grady (NYPD Blue, Deuce Bigalow, Boston Legal), Emma Pfitzer Price (Competitive Figure Skater), Linda Purl (Happy Days, Matlock), Susan Ruttan (LA Law, Mom, Shameless), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville), Renee Taylor (The Nanny), Robert Wuhl (Batman, Bull Durham, Arliss) as well as writers/directors Fred Stroppel, David P. Levin, Kurt Fried, William Bickley, Jenny Leona, Anson Williams (Happy Days, Skyward) and some surprise celebrity guests!
About The Actors Fund
THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.
Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has provided nearly $20 million in emergency financial assistance to over 16,000 people who work in performing arts and entertainment. With shutdowns on Broadway and in film and television, theater, concerts, dance, music and many other areas of entertainment, the need is great and growing. This emergency financial assistance is helping our most vulnerable and those in financial crisis to cover basic living expenses, such as food, essential medications, utilities and more.
As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, The Actors Fund has successfully transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include: Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS, Women’s Health and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. To make a tax-deductible donation to The Actors Fund, visit www.actorsfund.org.