Oneida Comedian Charlie Hill Stricken with Cancer PHOTO Courtesy: Thosh Collins
HOLLYWOOD — Tonight the Laugh Factory in Hollywood is hosting a benefit for American Indian comedian Charlie Hill (Oneida), who has been battling lymphoma cancer for over a year.
Tonight’s benefit brings out some of biggest Hollywood names, such as Roseanne, Jay Leno, Paul Rodriquez, among many other talented comics.
Hill is one of the Indian country’s favorite comedians. He went to Hollywood after attending the University of Wisconsin to make it in show business. He had the good fortune to meet comedians Richard Pryor and David Letterman while performing at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. Hill became the first American Indian comedy to appear on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” He later became a writer for the “Roseanne” comedy hit show.
Earlier this month, the “Charlie Hill Fund” was set on the EverRibbon website to assist his family defray the medical costs associated with his care.
“People just assume my dad became rich because he is famous. With the high costs of medical care, we had to set up this fund. My dad approved it reluctantly, but did so humbly, commented his daughter, Nasbah Hill, who spoke with the Native News Online on December 3, 2013.
Here is part of the message on the EverRibbon website:
Donations are to help Charlie’s family take care of him at home and also for Charlie’s immediate family which consists of his wife, two sons, two daughters and granddaughter. The Hill family humbly thanks you at this time for your prayers and contributions.
To donate to the Charlie Hill Fund, go to: https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/15637