San Francisco, CA (August 3, 2022) – The Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF)—the country’s first and leading nonprofit investor in medical research into scleroderma—announced today that Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine will return for a special tribute to Bob Saget, who spearheaded the signature event for 30 years, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at the Beverly Wilshire. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, John Mayer, and Jeff Ross, Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine is co-chaired by John Mayer, Kelly Rizzo, Jeff Ross, and SRF Board Member, Susan Feniger. Honoring the laughter that Saget inspired, as well as his work as a relentless champion for those affected by scleroderma, some of the world’s most talented comedians and musicians are generously donating their time and will perform on stage to raise funds for the Scleroderma Research Foundation and to find a cure. Tickets, starting at $500, are now available. For more information, visit www.srfcure.org/cchc.
“Bob worked tirelessly to support the Scleroderma Research Foundation, in honor of his sister,” says Kelly Rizzo. “This drive led him to bring together talent from across comedy and music in order to raise awareness and funds for the SRF. It was through laughter that he was able to touch many lives. I am honored to continue the legacy he built, through working with Bob’s closest friends to create an unforgettable night with the same goal that Bob had – to find a cure.”
”I’m honored to be stepping into Bob’s John Varvatos Converse sneakers to host the next Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine,” adds Jeff Ross. “These events meant so much to him and have always been a great bonding experience for us. Bob will be missed, but the show must go on until a cure for this awful ailment is found.”
“The SRF is honored to have partnered with Bob for three decades in our work to fund research while also raising awareness so that no one suffering needs to explain what this disease is or does,” says Joanne Gold, Executive Director of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. “We are grateful to the co-chairs and hosts who will continue his legacy as we work to eradicate scleroderma.”
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, John Mayer, and Jeff Ross, Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine will feature Nikki Glaser, Regina Hall (who also serves on the SRF board), Howie Mandel, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon, John Stamos, and other surprise special guests.
Having previously appeared on stage multiple times at Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine, Saget’s close friends Jimmy Kimmel, John Mayer, and Jeff Ross are long-time supporters of the SRF. Susan Feniger, a founding board member of the SRF, has helped lead Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine from the beginning. Shortly after appearing on stage as a guest, Saget joined Susan and co-hosted alongside her for years. This year, Saget’s wife Kelly Rizzo will join as co-chair.
Since 1987, the SRF has hosted Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine, featuring the biggest names in comedy, to raise critical funds for research and awareness. The SRF is the United States’ leading nonprofit investor in scleroderma research. Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine has been a cornerstone of the SRF’s fundraising efforts, raising over $27 million to fund vital research, so that one day, no one will have to suffer from scleroderma.
Saget passionately championed the Scleroderma Research Foundation since losing his sister Gay to the disease in 1994. Saget joined the Scleroderma Research Foundation Board of Directors in 2003, but he began his involvement in 1991 through the SRF’s annual signature event, Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine—as an attendee, then the next year as a performer, and ultimately as a key figure in organizing and producing the event. He brought together the best comedians, musicians, and more, raising over $25 million toward funding research. Saget actively contributed to the day-to-day operations of the SRF and played a pivotal role in its success. He met with patients, built lasting relationships through his gift of storytelling and laughter, and shared his own experience of the impact of scleroderma in his own family’s life. He passionately sought to find a cure and connected deeply with those affected by the disease.
Scleroderma, often misdiagnosed, is a rare and often life-threatening autoimmune disease that can cause fibrosis in the skin and other vital organs. In the most serious cases, complications can result in damage to the heart, lungs, and digestive system. The SRF funds and facilitates the most promising, highest-quality research aimed at improved therapies and, ultimately, a cure for scleroderma.
About Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF)
The Scleroderma Research Foundation is focused on bringing the best minds in science together to find a cure for scleroderma. The SRF was established in 1987 by patient-turned-activist Sharon Monsky, when research on this potentially life-threatening illness was nearly nonexistent. Sharon lost her battle to the disease in 2002, but her vision lives on today, as the SRF remains committed to funding the most promising research aimed at improved therapies and finding a cure. Through the generosity of donors and support from events like Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine, the SRF has raised more than $37 million dollars to fund and facilitate research at top universities such as Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Stanford University, and University of California, San Francisco, so that—one day—no one will suffer from scleroderma. Stay engaged with SRF at srfcure.org and via social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.