Comedians Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll are pushing a new way to raise money for Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria: publicizing bad photos of celebrities as teens.
Colbert, who has a charity foundation, Americone Dream Fund, fueled by the sales of his Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, said Thursday that the charity would donate $1,000 to Puerto Rico relief for every celebrity who posts an awkward teenage photo on Twitter with the hashtags of #PuberMe and #PuertoRicoRelief. The move came after Kroll visited Colbert’s talk show Wednesday and they discussed the awkward photos (by the way, Kroll’s entry is worth noting). Colbert then proposed the idea, and by the next night's show, it was a reality.
The results are as amusing as you'd expect. There’s comedian Patton Oswalt, playing the saxophone. Larry King joked that the camera had been invented just before his photo was taken. Colbert claimed he was “looking cool as hell” in his entry, but those braces might make the opposite statement. Fellow talk-show hosts Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden also participated.
The proceeds will be sent to One America Appeal, a joint effort launched by all five living former U.S. presidents to provide relief to victims of this season’s hurricanes.