Chris O’Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

He’s a regular staple on talk shows himself.

But Chris O’Dowd is pushing for another Irishman to walk onto Ellen DeGeneres’ stage — after he walked 500 miles to get there.

The Bridesmaids star tweeted his support for comedian Francis Cronin, who is walking all the way from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for homelessness.

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Support: Chris O’Dowd has joined the celeb push to help an Irish comedian finish an epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen’s stage

The 36-year-old has vowed not to sleep under a roof for the entire journey — doing stand-up comedy shows along the way — hence the name Rough Set.

‘Since living in LA I’ve seen some of my friends suffer from the ravages of drug addiction and homelessness,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘Also I like an adventure so I thought why not do some good while doing something I love?’

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Essentially completing a marathon every day since he set out almost a month ago, it hasn’t been a walk in the park.

Misadventures include losing his credit card (and only way of buying food), suffering agonizing back and leg pain,  getting food poisoning, and inadvertently stumbling into the middle of a midnight sex party while trying to sleep on a golf course.

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Rough set: The Bridesmaids star tweeted his support for comedian Francis Cronin, who is walking all the way from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for homelessness

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Great story: The 36-year-old has vowed not to sleep under a roof for the entire journey — doing stand-up comedy shows along the way — hence the name Rough Set

On the very first morning after sleeping rough, while filming a piece on his phone for his video-blog, he was poked in the eye by a branch and tore off one-third of his cornea; a doctor subsequently told him he could lose his eye.

Without medical insurance, he was forced to rely on the kindness of one medical professional to save his sight; it would not be the first act of kindness he encountered en route. 

‘It’s been tougher than I ever thought,’ Francis said. ‘The psychological is harder than the physical. How the world treats you when they perceive you as homeless and an outsider is tough. 

‘Despite many people’s best efforts, the lack of eye contact and the lack of human contact and communication is tough on the mind.’

Francis has so far raised over $15,000 for the cause, and it is building momentum all the time.

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Calling Ellen! His final goal is to complete his epic Forrest Gump-esque 500 mile journey right onto Ellen’s stage in Burbank.

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Ouch: On the first morning after sleeping rough, while filming a piece on his phone for his video-blog, he was poked in the eye by a branch and tore one-third of his cornea off; a doctor subsequently told him he could lose his eye

‘It’s building to a crescendo right now,’ he said as he approached LA in his final week.

‘A lot of Hollywood have jumped shown support including Goldberg’s star Jeff Garlin  and Chris O’Dowd, as well as a lot of ‘Young Hollywood’ too like Dytto, Jared Sandler, Moses Storm and Kev Adams.’

His final goal is to complete his epic Forrest Gump-esque 500 mile journey right onto Ellen’s stage in Burbank.     

‘Ellen has one of the largest platforms in the world and her audience is powerfully empathetic demographic,’ Francis said.

‘She’s done great work and supported many charities. To get on there would allow me to spread the message for Homeless HealthCare Los Angeles and the greater message of compassion and re-framing how we see and interact with the homeless. 

He added: ‘Hey Ellen, have you got three mins for a great cause that will have long lasting effects for the good of humankind? Big love!’

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Back up: Golberg’s star Jeff Garlin also tweeted his support

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Chris O'Dowd joins celeb push to help Irish comedian finish epic 500 mile SF to LA trek on Ellen

Final leg: ‘It’s building to a crescendo right now,’ Francis said as he approached LA in his final week