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Jay Leno To Perform Free Concert, Humiliate The Unemployed

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Jay Leno is coming to Detroit with something called "Jay's Comedy Stimulus Plan". Sources indicate that this is a comedy concert and that it is, in fact, funny. TCC is unable to verify those allegations.

The concert will take place on April 7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and Leno is offering free admission for "anybody out of work in Detroit". There's just one catch: attendees "have to say they're unemployed to get tickets".

So, in addition to being jobless and facing an uphill battle to get back on track during one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression, concert-goers have to talk about their financial straits with a complete stranger, then try to laugh? Hilarious.

(But seriously, folks: we think Leno is pretty rad for doing this. We also totally envy his badass car collection. We just like to give him a tough time because he doesn't return our calls. So all you Leno fanboys, step off.)

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Comments (7)
  1. "How will they get there?"

    The Palace is an hour up I-75 from Detroit, the buses don't run that late to/from Oakland County into the city, and if they're unemployed just maybe they've lost their vehicle or can't afford the gas? You know parking is about $15 a car at the Palace, too, right? Thanks but no thanks, Jay. What a gimmick.
     
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  2. "There are plenty unemployed in Oakland and Macomb counties"

    There are tons of recently unemployed people living in Metro Detroit who can go to this concert. Also I know tons of people who lost their jobs but I can't think of any in the Metro area who have had to go without a car. That area is horribly laid out for anyone who wants to get anywhere by walking, biking, or using public transit. To live there you have to own a car.
     
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  3. "WOW!"

    You people are ungrateful and always have to find something negative out of EVERYTHING. Like you were even planning on going.
    BE THANKFUL SOMEONE WANTS TO COME AND DO A SHOW FOR FREE. Pathetic the world we live in.
    You people make me sick.
     
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  4. "Hmmm"

    @LOL: We assume you're not talking to us, since we plainly said that our piece was tongue-in-cheek. Or maybe your response was tongue-in-cheek, too? We can be dense about these things.
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    FYI, we think Leno is pretty awesome. Well, mostly awesome.
     
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  5. "Drawing"

    I am impressed by Jay Leno's attepts to acknowledge Detroit's economical woes, however, if he really wanted to get some ratings and lift up Detroit, why not do a entry/drawing for charity to 3-5 people in foreclsure and pay their homes off at one of the places he mentioned he loved to visit here in our great city. This not only would bring some media and ratings to his cause, it will lift those families up from homelessness and a future generation of the same. He would be a hero for real!
     
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  6. "I agree with LOL"

    You know, I think that it is very kind of Leno to do the show for free! You know that he does get a portion of ticket sales for his events, and he is willing to forego that just to give them an evening of laughter. I think people really should be thankful for ANYTHING that is being done, not asking for more! Comeon, you want him to do a drawing to pay off someone's house? Please that's a bit crazy......Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
     
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  7. "Howard Stern slams Jay Leno for free Detroit comedy show"

    Howard Stern, and his sidekick Artie Lange, slammed both Jay Leno and Detroit on Stern's satellite radio show. Click here to read my Examiner article about how the bloated Lange should learn to keep his overstuffed mouth shut.
     
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