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Neil Gaiman Agreed to Read the Entire Cheesecake Factory Menu for Charity

Neil Gaiman Agreed to Read the Entire Cheesecake Factory Menu for Charity

The ‘American Gods’ writer agreed to read the Cheesecake Factory menu for charity

Neil Gaiman, the best-selling and award-winning author of American Gods, Sandman, and a host of other wildly popular works, has agreed to do a reading of The Cheesecake Factory menu for charity, and now fans are waiting with bated breath to figure out how to gather enough money to make it happen.

The idea of Gaiman doing a live reading of The Cheesecake Factory menu came from writer and comedian Sara Benincasa, who wrote on Twitter to ask Gaiman if he’d read the menu in its entirety for a $500,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

“Dear @neilhimself: for $500K to the charity of your choice would you read the Cheesecake Factory menu in its entirety onstage pls advise,” she wrote.

It may have started out as a bit of a joke, but Gaiman replied that if Benincasa could really make the $500,000 donation happen, he’d read the whole Cheesecake Factory menu out loud.

“I have said Yes. If she makes it happen, for charity, I will do this thing,” he Tweeted in response.

Neil Gaiman’s fans are already asking where they can donate money to contribute to the menu-reading fund, and Benincasa says she’s planning the crowd-funding effort now and will update everyone once it’s ready for contributions.

$500,000 is a lot of money, but Gaiman has a lot of fans, and this menu-reading could well happen.

Gaiman might not know exactly what he’s gotten himself in for, because the Cheesecake Factory menu is enormous. It has 14 sections, not including catering, and over 250 dishes, from “Glamburgers” and cheesecake to “Skinnylicious” salads. Gaiman had better rest his voice a bit before attempting this.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Neil Gaiman’s Cheesecake Factory stunt raises $100k for refugees

Given the number of dumb things people do on the internet, often for free, it’s always nice to see the power of LOL-random be harnessed for good. Case in point: a movement that’s raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations’ refugee relief agency, based on people wanting to hear Neil Gaiman read about cheesecakes.

The #NeilCake drive started, obviously, on Twitter, that magical place where the idea-to-output window is so small as to make conscious thought both wasted and extraneous. A few weeks ago, a fan used the platform to ask the American Gods author whether he would do a live reading of the entire massive menu of cream-cheese-and-sugar depot The Cheesecake Factory, in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Gaiman gamely agreed, and the fundraising began.

And while the effort fell short of its goal, the group still managed to break the six-figure mark, which is pretty amazing for a community effort where the community is “Neil Gaiman fans with a bizarre fixation on 8,000-calorie dessert items.” The last big donation even managed to add in some side-nerdery as well, with a last-minute $10,000 check coming from “Max and Kinga,” the names of the new bad guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 will be enough to get Gaiman to treat fans to a full rendition of “Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore,” or if there‘ll be some sort of menu-limiting compromise put in place instead.


Watch the video: Neil Gaiman will read the Cheesecake Factory menu if fans raise $500,000 for refugees (December 2021).