Stars Align To Support Autism Education

by Chanel Cathey, Viacom

Top stars gathered at the Beacon Theater in NYC last week for the taping of Comedy Central’s biennial Night of Too Many Stars emceed by Jon Stewart, which will air on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8pm.This year’s theme is “America Comes Together,” to benefit educational autism programs across the country. A variety of celebrities including: Stephen Colbert, Sting, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Hannibal Buress, J.B. Smoove and Bill Burr were on hand to use humor for a good cause were.  These are just five of the night’s memorable moments:

Most Emotional Moment: There wasn’t a dry eye in the theater when a young autistic girl named Jodi DiPiazza sang and played the piano to “Firework” with her favorite singer Katy Perry. Host Jon Stewart and many audience members had tears in their eyes during the standing ovation. The audience was so moved having viewed a pre-taped video of Dipiazza depicting her struggle with autism and how she found her voice through music.

A High Pitched Debate: In a moment that symbolized politically bringing America together, FOX News Commentator Bill O’Reilly faced off in a debate with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews while inhaling helium from blue and red balloons. The result is a quirky and squeaky exchange moderated by CNN’s John King.

This is Crazy: Carly Rae Jepsen paired with actor Harvey Keitel for a duet of her summer pop anthem “Call Me Maybe”. You might have heard this song a lot but never like this.

Butter and Broccoli Brawl: Celebrity chef Paula Deen who went public earlier this year about her diabetes diagnosis—performed a skit where a guy dressed up as a stick of butter and a guy in a broccoli outfit physically wrestle for her affection. It is only after the brawl that the dueling foods reveal their identities – Mr. Butter was Kevin Bacon  and Mr. Broccoli was Liev Schreiber.

Sold – A Pee with Seth Rogen: In the most unusual auction of the night, three lucky audience members hit the restrooms of the Beacon Theater with Seth Rogen. The cameras follow them and humorously discover Deen and Keitel leaving the stall after a staged tryst.

These are just five signature moments from Night of Too Many Stars – but when the show airs on October 21 check out Matthew Broderick, Anderson Cooper, Jimmy Kimmel, Jack McBrayer, Julianne Moore, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Sudeikis, Meredith Vieira and many more celebs live and working the phone bank. Learn today how you can donate to support autism programs.

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