Jon Stewart and 50 Top Comedians Align on TV Tonight for Autism

Jon Stewart and 50 Top Comedians Align on TV Tonight for Autism

Jon Stewart hosting Autism Charity event taped Oct 2 for air tonight on Comedy CentralGeorge Clooney, Chris Rock, Tina Fey and Jon Stewart are aligning for a super-sized charity event and telethon tonight to raise money for autism. With Stewart at the helm and dozens of comedians performing live on stage and answering telephones, the “Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education” returns to the Comedy Central Network at 9:00 PM.

The roster of comedy all-stars helping to raise money for autism programs includes Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, Joel McHale, Tracy Morgan, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and more.

Viewers can call the celebrity phone bank during the hour and donate to the effort while getting an opportunity to speak with celebrity heavyweights who will be manning the phones, including Rob Corddry, Bryan Cranston, Larry David, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Jimmy Kimmel, Jim Parsons and Sofia Vergara, among others. Viewers can also vote via texting on stunts they want to see undertaken by celebrities.

An eBay auction with a slew of signed items by celebrities who participated in the event is taking place now with bidding ending on October 25.  Some of the items include: a copy of former VP hopeful Sarah Palin’s autobiography signed by Tina Fey; a box of Thank You cards signed by Late Night host Jimmy Fallon; Hot Pockets box signed by Jim Gaffigan and a souvenir t-shirt; a canned ham signed by Late Show host David Letterman; and a copy of our nation’s Declaration of Independence signed by Stephen Colbert. (See the items and bid here.)

Donations of any dollar amount will be accepted on All donations of $75 or more will receive a White Castle-scented candle and all donations of $100 or more will get a 2011 Tina Fey swimsuit calendar in addition to the candle. Also, a $10 donation can be made by texting STARS to 90999 (message and data rates may apply).

Since the first “Night Of Too Many Stars,” Comedy Central has raised close to seven million dollars to benefit a variety of autism education and family service programs across the country. One exciting new initiative is The Institute for Brain Development – an all-inclusive diagnosis and treatment center positioned to undertake groundbreaking collaborative research into the causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The Institute is the product of New York Center for Autism’s partnership with New York-Presbyterian and its affiliated medical school of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College.

“Night Of Too Many Stars” is sponsored by Pepsi Refresh Project, which is donating an additional $100,000.

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