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David Letterman, Al Franken to Headline Duckworth Fundraiser

Letterman is shown at the Indianapolis 500 shortly after his "Late Night." (Michael Hickey/Getty Images File Photo)

Two retired comedians will take the stage in New York later this month at a fundraiser to benefit Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, the leading Democrat running to challenge Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk next fall.  

David Letterman, who retired this year after three decades hosting the "The Late Show" on CBS, and Sen. Al Franken, who gained his own fame from his time as a writer and performer on NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," will headline the event to benefit the Duckworth Victory Fund. The fundraiser is described on an invitation as a night of “serious fun." To attend, a donor has to RSVP and send minimum contribution of at least $1,000 to the Duckworth Victory Fund – a sponsorship level labeled, “Kinda Serious.” To be “Totally Serious” and receive a ticket to an exclusive reception before the event, it gets totally expensive: The campaign has requested donors give $10,400 each.