LONG ISLAND CITY — Caleb Medley, an aspiring comedian from Aurora, Colo., is clinging to life after being shot in the face during the last week’s shooting rampage during the first showing of “The Dark Knight Rises”.
On Monday, July 30, his fellow comedians from New York will try to help him and his family by organizing a fundraiser to assist them with skyrocketing medical costs.
Medley’s wife Katie, 21, who has since given birth to a baby boy Hugo, managed to escape the theater uninjured, but the comedian has lost his right eye and suffered some brain damage, according to published reports. Doctors decided to put him in a medically induced coma.
According to published reports, Medley, 23, has no health insurance and his medical bills can reach as much as $2 million.
The club's manager, Scott Sharp, is a former Denver comic who knows Caleb personally and worked with him in Colorado.
"The stand up comedy community is an incredibly close knit group comprised of caring and passionate people who look out for each other,” Sharp said. “In times of great tragedy, whether it be in Denver, New York, or anywhere else, the support of our peers is something we can count on. I hope we can do our part for someone who I know would go the extra mile for any of us."
According to Steve Hofstetter, the owner of the Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 100 percent of the $15 cover charge will be donated to help with Medley's hospital bills.
"We'll also be donating 50 percent of all additional drink sales,” he said.
Those who can’t make it can check out the club's website for further details on how to donate, Hofstetter said.
The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and will last until 12 a.m.