NEW YORK – The “Night of Too Many Stars” telethon will be aired this Sunday, March 8 on The Comedy Network. This will include such stars as Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Steve Buscemi, Gilbert Gottfried, Chris Rock plus many others,The event aims to raise money for autism educational programs.
Viewers will be able to make a pledge via telephone or online. This year the phone lines will be staffed by celebrities such as, Uzo Aduba, Fred Armisen, Andy Cohen, Tony Danza, Larry David, Willie Geist, Susan Sarandon, Martin Short and Larry Wilmore.
$18 million has been raised by these telethons since 2006.
The event took place on Saturday Feb 28 at the Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. Host Jon Stewart opened the proceedings by telling that the event was not just about raising money.
“It’s about helping people who live with autism right now. The only clinically proven treatment for autism is appropriate, intensive education.”
Jon Bon Jovi performed “Wanted Dead or Alive” with vocals by Will Forte.
Robert Smigel and his wife Michelle created “Night of Too Many Stars” after they had great difficulty in finding appropriate educational resources for their son Daniel, who has autism. He is now aged 17. Together with other parents in the New York area they set up their own school.
Source: Frazier Moore on the 680 News website: ‘Too Many Stars’ means plenty of laughs on telethon to fund autism resources