Noreen Fraser Fights Cancer with Laughs at Variety’s Comedy Impact Event

Noreen Fraser Fights Cancer with Laughs at Variety’s Comedy Impact Event

Initially when Noreen Fraser was approached by Variety to partner in creating an impact list and event similar to the Power of Women and Power of Youth events, the suggestion was to plan a daytime affair.

“I came in for a meeting and they asked me to do a luncheon,” says Fraser, who has been living with metastatic breast cancer since 2003 and created the philanthropic organization to fund research for women’s cancers. “I said, ‘The comedians that I work with will not show up for lunch. The only way to do something with comedy is when it’s dark and there’s alcohol!’ ”

Five years later, Variety’s annual Power of Comedy function, continues to be a significant fundraising event that raises money for a vital cause, specifically to research less toxic and more precise types of drugs and chemotherapy that will turn cancer into “a manageable disease.”

“Because of Variety we’ve really been able to see a difference in the outcome of those people who are dealing with this illness and we are very grateful that they have chosen us to partner with,” says Fraser, who also co-created and co-produced the 2008 Stand Up to Cancer TV special that ran on CBS, ABC and NBC and raised over $100 million. “Every year the event has gotten bigger and bigger. It’s the greatest night every year.”

This year’s event is to be held on Dec. 11 at L.A.’s Belasco Theater. With over 400 guests expected to attend and a slate of performers that includes Power of Comedy honoree Aziz Ansari, plus Tig Notaro, Jerrod Carmichael, Moshe Kasher and Nick Kroll, the event looks promising.