Eddie Murphy Heads Lineup for Feeding America Comedy Festival

Eddie Murphy accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - H 2020
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The three-hour event will also include appearances from Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal.

Eddie Murphy will head the lineup at former comedian Byron Allen's upcoming Feeding America Comedy Festival, which will raise funds for the organization's network of food banks.

The three-hour event will include pre-recorded comedy segments from Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal. Comedians including Marc Maron, Kenan Thompson, Margaret Cho and Marlan Wayans are also scheduled to contribute.

"Laughter is often the best medicine, and we are extremely motivated to bring attention to issues of food insecurity, and to assist in providing meals to families across the country who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," Allen said Wednesday in a statement. 

Added Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot: "The coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn it has created is shining a light on the fragile nature of people’s household budgets. Millions more of our neighbors are turning to food banks for help and we cannot thank Byron Allen and Allen Media Group enough for their support to raise funds and awareness of our work."

The festival will encourage viewers to contribute to Feeding America and will be live-streamed on the Allen Media Group television networks Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on May 9.

April 22, 7:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this story stated that the comedians would be performing stand-up routines; this has been corrected to indicate they will contribute pre-recorded comedy segments.