Hollywood social life is built around the charity circuit — but few charitable events in town could sport Brad Grey as co-chair, Ben Stiller as host, and George Clooney, Dennis Miller and Sheryl Crow as entertainment. That’s what Project ALS did Monday night at the Hollywood Palladium in only its second annual L.A. event.
Clooney took the podium to recite the speech Lou Gehrig made to baseball fans when he was diagnosed with ALS — and was called back to the stage by Crow.
Performing her set for the likes of Ron Meyer, Andie MacDowell, Guy Oseary, Camryn Manheim, Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria, Julianna Margulies and Ron Eldard, Greg Kinnear, Maura Tierney and Donna Hanover, Crow told the crowd she wanted Clooney to come and act as her music stand. He obliged.
“Just stand where I can see you,” Crow purred. Clooney, holding up her sheet music, seemed to enjoy the reverse sexism. He’s probably used to it.
The real heroes of the event turned out to be Hollywood agents. CAA’s Young Turks-turned-big-shots Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane, Richard Lovett and David O’Connor received the David Niven Award (from last year’s recipients Andrew and Nancy Jarecki) for their contributions to ALS.
Dennis Miller gave the event its levity.
“I don’t really know how I got here,” he joked. “I was hit over the head and thrown into the trunk of a car by four broads from New York. Isn’t this the room Shelley Winters died in in ‘The Poseidon Adventure’?”