NEW YORK, February 3, 2015 – Comedy Central and Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions announced today the first group of comic all-stars booked for its autism benefit, “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs.” Taping on Saturday, February 28, from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the benefit for autism programs will feature Stewart hosting an evening filled with live performances, sketches and short films from a roster of comedy all-stars. “Night of Too Many Stars” will premiere on Comedy Central on Sunday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Performers including Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Jon Hamm, John Oliver, Paul Rudd and Amy Schumer will join host Stewart at the Beacon Theatre for the taping on Saturday, February 28. Celebrities manning the phone banks during the March 8 live event will include Larry David, Martin Short and Larry Wilmore. Additional talent for both nights will be announced shortly.
For more information about the event and submitting donations to New York Collaborates for Autism, fans can go to cc.com/stars.
This year’s event will premiere on Comedy Central on Sunday, March 8 with additional live wrap-arounds featuring a celebrity phone bank, allowing viewers to call in during the airing to donate while speaking with additional comedic and celebrity heavyweights.
Since 2006, “Night of Too Many Stars” has raised over $18 million. In 2012, “Night of Too Many Stars,” through its partner organization New York Collaborates for Autism, gave almost $4 million in grants to 50 programs in 20 states.
Autism now affects an estimated 1 in 68 American children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls), a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. “Night of Too Many Stars” will benefit a variety of autism education and family service programs across the country, in support of the overabundance of individuals with autism and their families who so desperately need quality services.
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