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

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.

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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.