David Cross is donating all the profits from his latest stand-up album, … America … Great …, to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from now until December 26th. The comedian will also match the “full retail” sales total in added personal donations, AV Club reports.
In a blog post dubbed “I Know … I Can’t Believe It Either,” the actor-comedian – and self-described “New York Hollywood liberal atheist Jew” – explained that his reasoning behind the charitable deed.
“I really believe in America and thus, believe that we can get through this,” he wrote. “But it’s going to be a nasty next few years to say the least. And we have to look out for each other- particularly those who can’t look out for themselves or who are at the highest risk for the kinds of awfulness we’ve gotten just a small taste of so far this week. The ACLU is a service that is going to be needed by so many very, very soon. Muslims, the LGBT community, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, journalists, women, Sikhs, Native Americans, African Americans, the list goes on and on unfortunately.”
The Mr. Show mastermind detailed how his dollar-for-dollar investment might shape up. “When I say 100%, I mean the full retail price – I’m going to cover all the other costs,” he wrote. “If we raise $5,000 on these CDs, I’m donating $5,000 more of my own money for a total of $10,000. If we raise $10,000 on the CDs, I’ll match another $10,000 for a total of $20,000. If we make $100,000 on the CDs, then I’ll ask people I know who are rich to help with that match. Maybe Scott Baio or The Nuge?”
… America … Great … compiles material from Cross’ 2016 Netflix special, Making America Great Again! During the set, the comedian joked about the concept of a Trump-led America – but now, knowing the election outcome, the material makes him queasy. “I taped the Netflix special back in April when Trump was still a harmless punchline,” he wrote. “It is painful and I cringe now seeing me cross my fingers and say, ‘Trump please’ when talking about who might be the Republican nominee.”
… America … Great … is available via Cross’ official website.