Neil Gaiman has just agreed to do a dramatic reading of the Cheesecake Factory menu, which is nearly the size of a Bible. But there's a catch – the Coraline author will only do the reading if $500,000 has been raised for a charity of his choice, which happens to be the United Nations Refugee Agency.
It all started with a tweet from comedian and author Sara Benincasa:
"Dear @neilhimself: for $500K to the charity of your choice would you read the Cheesecake Factory menu in its entirety onstage pls advise."
To which Gaiman replied a few hours later:
I have said Yes. If she makes it happen, for charity, I will do this thing.
According to Los Angeles Times:
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Benincasa told Eater that her tweet was inspired in part by watching the television adaptation of one of Gaiman's most famous books.
“Last week I watched an episode of the sublime TV adaptation of ‘American Gods,’ went on a goddamn elegant date to Cheesecake, woke up, drank coffee, and went into some kind of inspiration blackout. When I came to, I discovered I'd asked Neil if he'd read the entire Cheesecake Factory menu onstage in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a charity of his choice.”
Benincasa then set up a fundraising campaign on the charity crowdfunding site Crowdrise
"If we hit $500K, Neil has kindly agreed to do a live reading of the greatest restaurant menu of all time. It's about 8000 pages, last time I checked," Benincasa wrote on the site.