What’s Going On?

jodi-weiner“I love the way she talks, don’t you?!” – Joy Behar, ABC – The View

Many of you visiting this site will know this line is one of the most perfect compliments for Jodi, especially coming from Joy! Jodi’s laugh is absolutely infectious, and there’s just something special about the way the woman can tell the perfect joke about Viagra.

What you may not know, is that on December 17, 2012 doctors were trying to uncover the cause of Jodi’s abdominal pains, and diagnosed her with Esophageal and Stomach Cancer.

The news was devastating to anyone and everyone who knows Jodi, and soon friends from far and wide were asking Vinnie, “How can I help?”

Well, here it is, gang. After a late-night phone call from Vinnie, in which he broke the news to me, I decided to put together this site to solve just that very query for friends and fans to help. (Have you seen what people have to say about the generosity of these two? Countless trips to entertain our overseas military, hundreds of shows at volunteer fire departments and other non-profits, and many, MANY benefits for people who fell ill and needed help.)

It’s our turn to give back. Jodi and Vinnie will be doing LOTS of traveling to Sloan-Kettering in NYC from their home in Upstate NY. Obviously neither of them will be working, so it’s going to be difficult to make sure all ends are met financially while Jodi is fighting this battle. Making a financial donation in any amount would be an incredible relief.

Whether you’ve worked side by side with Jodi or Vinnie, or simply seen them at a show or fifty, I know you appreciate all they’ve done for others, and I’m ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE that their work on stage has brightened your life with laughter! This is a terrible time for anyone to go through, and it’s important that we come together as friends to help when we can.

You can enter the donation you wish to make in any amount, and the money goes DIRECTLY into Jodi’s account. No one ever has their hands on it except you, PayPal, and then Jodi and Vinnie themselves. Please be assured that your donation is safe and guaranteed to help two of our favorite comedians and comedy show producers feel one less burden during an already difficult time.

Thank you so much for coming to the site, and reading, and helping if you can. Whether you can donate financially or not, please use the sharing buttons available to let your friends know about Jodi and how they too, can help.

Lara Kulpa
(A Friend)

46 thoughts on “What’s Going On?

  1. candi miller

    Jodi & Vinnie
    I am so sad to hear that you are dealing with this – I always remember your laugh Jodi and and how much you always made me laugh and smile when I saw you or saw you perform – If anyone can beat this you can and I know you will – I live in Manhattan and go between here and back to my home in Atlanta – My place is empty a lot and not far from the hospital you will be using – Please let me know if you ever need a place to stay when you are here – I only have a one bedroom but when I am not here consider the place yours – or if Vinnie needs a place to crash or a meal or just to hang out we are here for the both of you …..If there is anything you need just let you know . You will be in my prayers every day and in my thoughts …..

    Candi …………………….xooxoxoxoxo

  2. Ashley

    Jodi is one of the most giving and selfless people who has a heart of gold. She has been there for me as a mentor, friend, and most of all mother since I was a little girl. I know that she will get through this because she has taught me that you can fight anything in this world if you stay strong and stay positive. It is now my turn to be strong for her and be the positive light, but I can’t do this alone. Both Jodi and my dad (Vinnie) need as much support as they can and every penny will be appreciated since this is a scary and difficult time for our family. Your gratitude and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated during one of the most difficult times.

  3. Laura McCarthy

    I will be happy to donate right after the New Year. A little rough getting through the holidays. However, I did post this on my wall and sent it to a few old friend from Massapequa.

    Praying for healing.
    Keep the faith.

    Laura McCarthy

  4. Jill Gagnon

    Jodi, you were the one who supported and encouraged me when I wanted to be the funny girl on stage, and I will forever be grateful. That experience taught me that whether or not I become a star is irrelevant because the real gift was knowing that I could do something that made me scared and nervous. When you’re feeling scared, or nervous, or down, please remember that you are one of the rare people who have learned how to face life’s challenges head-on and plow right through them, and even without words you teach others around you that valuable lesson. Fight Jodi! I’m sending you all the love I have!

    (and…I have been unable to get my donation to go through, any advice?)

  5. Sandra


    I’ve known you for such a long time and I know you can beat this. If you need anything at all, I’m here for you. Stay strong, stay positive and that will see you through, along with all the love and support for you.


  6. Noha Mandour


    I have not known you for long, nor very well, but I can tell you this: you inspired me when I saw you perform at what was a wonderful night at the Myrtle in Lake George. You are an inspiration through your entertainment and I know you will be an inspiration to all of us during this battle of yours.

    Much love to you and your family.


  7. Cory Windelspecht

    Im am completely shocked right now. Jodi and Vinny are 2 of the most giving people I ever met and have done so much for me. Anything you need to help please let me know.

  8. Jeff Michaels

    In the mid 90’s I ran a club in Allentown Pa.At the Ramada Inn….It is there where I started my comedy. And it is there where I met Jodi and Vinnie…2 of the funniest people I ever met. I remember when Jodi yelled in the mic and blew a speaker…the funniest thing I have ever seen and been a part of….She is truly a great comedian and Lady…And im glad to say I had the honor of working beside her and hope and pray that God heals this wonderful lady, And keeps Vinnie comforted in this time.

    Jeff Michaels

  9. Wendi Shove & Mike Carroll

    Our thoughts, prayers and love are coming your way. We are heartsick to know this is happening to you. We pray for a complete healing for you with all the support, strength and wisdom your Doctor’s need to help you win this battle. We are here for you and Vinnie in whatever you need. We love you!

    1. Wendi Shove & Mike Carroll

      We just donated and will continue to help in whatever way we can. Just a message to all that may be reading this: Please donate, no amount is ever to small.

  10. Bert Rappaport

    Terri and I donated today (12/21). We are nearby and here for you two. You guys do so much for others. It’s time for others to step up and help you. I’m not religious, but I’ll say a few prayers. Stay strong.

  11. Tom Cotter

    Brutal news to get right before the holiday. Kerri Louise and I are thinking of you. Of course we will donate and post to our social media. Chin up. Laughter is the best medicine, but pharmaceuticals are nice too. Our sons will mention you in their bed-time prayers, and they have God’s private #.

  12. Carter Sullivan-Irwin

    Jodi and Vinnie,
    You helped us soo much in our time of need. I have sent a small donation and will continue to send them when I can. I couldn’t have gotten through 2008 without your support, and if there is anything I can do to help please let me know. We will be praying for you both at home and with my church. Make sure you enjoy the holidays.
    With love,
    Kate, Chris, Connor, and Carter Sullivan-Irwin

  13. linda belt

    Jodi, I am honored, not just being a comic who gets to work with you, but to have you as a true friend, on, and off the stage. I’m thinking of and praying for you everyday. You are an amazing woman full of strength and love ; this will serve you well at this time. Please know that I and many of your friends are here for you and Vinnie. I don’t want you to hesitate to reach out to me for whatever it is you need. I’m a phone call or call ride away.
    Love you,
    PS- I need you to get well soon so we can get back to talking about things “back in the day”. :-)

  14. marla schultz

    Jodi & Vinnie
    I’m right around the corner from Memorial Sloan Kettering. I can bring you food, keep you company / visit etc.
    I would also love to propose we do a benefit for Jodi perhaps at the Italian restaurant in Hicksville? Let’s join forces and raise some money!
    Let me know how I can help.
    xo marla marla@marlaschultz.com

  15. Jodi Weiner

    I want to thank you all for the beautiful comments, prayers and donations. I am overwhelmed by the kindness that we are receiving. From the bottom of my heart Thank You , Thank You ! You have all touched my life in so many ways, and I love you all so much. Much love to you all and have an AWESOME CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR !!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOX

    Love you,

      1. Susie

        We are going to arrange that!! spoke to vinine who is a doll, and he filled me in. Al and i want to see you too. Keep your chin high. Love you very much. Susie.

  16. Mitchell Walters

    For the past 15years one of my favorite summer activities is spending a weekend at the Saratoga racetrack. So every mid June I would call jodi and vinnie asking, sometimes begging for a weekend date at one of there Saratoga area clubs.they always came through always apologizing saying they wish we could pay me more. I always replied the money doesn’t matter. It’s the hotel room I need. So now they need and I will be there for them .Donate what money I can and be available for any fundraisers for Jodi. This is one race that Jodi will win as she will be in my prays every day and we will spend another summer at the spa… Love Mitchell…..

  17. Leighann Lord

    Jodi & Vinny,

    Your love, kindness and genuine good spirit have been been deeply felt and appreciated. I’ll try not to be too maudlin here, but know that you are in my thoughts, and I love you both. Truly. {BIG HUG} – Leighann

  18. Tischa

    I only met you once at Pleasant Valley when you came in for the boat trip as a volunteer. I am truly sorry to hear about your news right before the holidays. I am a friend of Vinny’s and he is a great man..He is always talking highly of you. I wish you the best of luck and I’m sure that you will conquer this. My prayers are with you during this time of need. I don’t have alot of money myself but I will try to contribute what I can..I will get the word out on facebook and may even call Froggy 107.1 to see if they can help out in any way…Best wishes…

  19. Rachel Seeber

    Thinking of you both. Check out the book “Look out Cancer, here I come” The author of the book is a Cancer Coach. She came into my Dad’s life at the right time and you will find that she will inspire and encourage you both….anything you need, please let me know.

  20. peter sasso

    There will be a family variety show at the Looney Bin comedy club in Staten Island on jan 27th at 2:00 to benefit Jodi and Vinnie. Donation at the door will be $10. If you’d like to help and at the same time see some old vaudeville type entertainment for all ages we’ll see you then. Reservations suggested………(718) 370-6151.

    1. Jodi Weiner


      Thank you for everything you are doing for us. You are such a great friend, and we consider you family. We love you so much !!!!! xoxoxxoxoxoxxo

  21. Jodi Weiner

    I am constantly overwhelm and touched by all the beautiful comments, prayers, and donations that you have all have left for us. It sometimes become difficult when i get bad news after bad news from the doctors then i look at the beautiful comments left on this site and my email and facebook page. I want to apologize in advance for not returning calls. It been very difficult to talk about this all day with doctors and then again on the phone. Although, I can’t tell you how much you all lift my spirits with your generousity of spirit, love, and donations. I will never be able to thank you all enough or how much you all deserve. As I have said in my emails. YOU ARE ALL THE STARS IN MY SKY ! iI LOVE YOU ! XOXOXOXOXOXXXOXOXOXOX

  22. Arthur & Melissa Cooper

    Jodi & Vinnie,

    I am so heartbroken to hear this news. My wife and I met you both some 10 or so years back up in Lake George. You guys put on a wonderful comedy show!! Then the next day, you were also doing a karaoke show at the same place. I have never ever forgotten either one of you even after all these years.

    I will keep you in my prayers for you to get better soon.

  23. Sheryl Davey

    Ok, Jodi, I saw your show and laughed til I cried, I’m from Warren County too, I’m headed to Sloan next week for a checkup, I’m so glad you are going there. They know their s#!t. I found myself in awe, at times overwhelmed with small kindnesses, but I did have 1 complaint and maybe you might relate: when on hold on the phone with them, all of the music is classical- I for some reason find that depressing! Maybe if you relate, you can complain, I’ll complain, possibly get some funky music on those damn phones. Now, whenever I have to call, it throws me back into that initial shock/numb/fear mentality you experience at diagnosis. Can it! Maybe a little Marley? Or Allison Krauss? LIFE music.
    Hope that made you smile. Thanks for making my face hurt. You know, wedding day photos face hurt. I’m sending you good vibes and a donation too, and keep going, keep living right now! All the best.

  24. Janet Hagarty

    Hi Jodi, It’s Janet From DPHS. I am so sorry to hear about your illness. I am coming to the comedy show on the 13th of Feb. Please know that prayers are coming your way. Trust in God everyday and with positive thinking, which you have plenty of, he will bring you through this. Are you going to be there? Love Janet

  25. Chris Aldous

    Jodie and Vinnie, I have been to your show every year at the Fort Edward firehouse. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Good Luck Chris Aldous

  26. Bob Luparello

    Jodi and Vinnie,

    Chin’s up. Jodi you will beat this! I have a direct line to the man upstairs and am telling him to take all the crooks and bums first. YOU HAVE WAY TOO MUCH TO DO AND ACCOMPLISH HERE FIRST!!
    My prayers and thoughts are with both of you!!

  27. Rob Magnotti

    Hi Jodi,
    I enjoyed meeting and working with you at the Borgata Anniversary show. You lit up the stage and the green room as well. I look forward to working together again.

    My family and I pray you get through this experience as quickly as possible, and come out of it even stronger than you already are. Take one day at a time, Jodi. God bless !

    Rob Magnotti

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