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Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert Among Stars to Appear on HBO’s Autism Benefit Special
Comedians are lining up to perform on HBO’s upcoming autism benefit special, Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs.
The show, hosted by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, will feature a mix of sketches, short films and stand-up performances, including appearances by Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, John Oliver and Adam Sandler. More participants are expected to be announced.
Night of Too Many Stars previously aired on Stewart’s old home, Comedy Central. This year, the all-star benefit will move over to the premium cable network HBO, where Stewart has an overall deal. It will be presented live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. ET.
Created by comedy writer and performer Robert Smigel to support autism schools, programs and services, Night of Too Many Stars has raised more than $24 million to date. The special is presented in partnership with NEXT for AUTISM (formerly New York Collaborates for Autism), a non-profit organization that supports programs to improve the lives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Directed by Michael Dempsey, Night of Too Many Stars will be produced by Busboy Productions and White Cherry Entertainment, with the live event executive produced by Smigel, Stewart, Chris McShane, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss.