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Calgary creator of senior hotline ‘Joy4all’ invited on The Late Late Show

Via IMDB / The Late Late Show

We’re pretty sure when a couple of Calgary students set up a joke hotline, Joy4All to keep seniors smiling through the COVID-19 pandemic, they didn’t think for a second it would get international attention or a mention on The Late Late Show with James Cordon.

Joy4All is accessible by anyone but is directed at one group in particular. Seniors have probably been hit the hardest by the isolation guidelines. Many of them have been unable to see friends and family, but thanks to the organizers, they have one more way to feel connected and thought of.

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The hotline invites youth to call in and record anything from a story, pre-recorded jokes or poems and have been accepted from all around the world. Cordon said the idea was “beautiful” on the show, recorded over the weekend.

Of course, in addition to global submissions, the line has been pretty successful, receiving a ton of calls a day. “We’re actually hoping to hit 17,000” Jamie Anderson, Teacher and Joy4All co-ordinator told Corden.

The clip ends with Cordon surprising Anderson and the class watching at home, with a surprise appearance from Comedian Billy Crystal, who even offered to record a few jokes for the hotline.

This is what we like to call quality quarantine content, folks. Check it all out for yourself above!

Then, if you’d like to hear a message from Joy4All, call (403) 209-4300 or 1-877-JOY-4ALL or submit a feel-good “haha,” go to joy4all.ca!

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