From Bob Hope's first USO tour in the 1940s to Jerry Lewis's 40+ years of telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, comedians have a long history of doing good things for others. Today's comedians are no different, with many going far beyond a yearly charitable donation to donate their time and talents to those who need it most.
Just this week, College Humor came up with a new way to help children inflicted with Malaria with Malarious, a portion of their site offering enticing videos requiring a dollar donation or more. Earlier this year, Louis C.K. donated more than a quarter of his $1 million online special earnings to five different charities, and Lisa Lampanelli turned a Westboro Baptist Church protest into a $50,000 donation for AIDS prevention.
But 2012 isn't even a significant year for comedians doing good. Over the years, many funny people, including the 25 below, have raised money for charity, entertained our troops or otherwise used their fame and talent to make the world a better place. Take a look at some inspiring examples below and tell us who impressed you the most in the comments.
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