On November 18, comedian and one -time “America’s most trusted newsman” Jon Stewart hopes you find autism a laughing matter. Because on that night, Stewart and a line-up of celebrity friends from across movies, television and music team up for HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs. Created by comedy writer and performer Robert Smigel (Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog), the event raises money for autism schools, programs and services across the country.
From what we can see in the newest promo for the event, this year will boast so many names that there might not even be room for Stewart:
This year’s Night of Too Many Stars marks the first year that HBO will broadcast the event, a New York tradition for more than 10 years. Airing live from Madison Square Garden, the event will include stand-up performances, sketches and short films. Although more names are being added as the event nears, the list of confirmed performers includes: Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, John Oliver, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler.
Stewart has served as host of the event since 2005, and has become a one-man recruitment drive to bring stars from across the media spectrum out to do their part. Just last week, Stewart crashed Jimmy Kimmel’s final monologue from Jimmy Kimmel Live’s “Brooklyn Week” with a break-dancing crew to recruit Kimmel and Matt Damon for the cause:
Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs is produced for the cable giant by Busboy Productions and White Cherry Entertainment and directed by Michael Dempsey. The live event will be executive produced by Smigel, Stewart, Chris McShane, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss.
Presented in partnership with Next for Autism, the special airs on HBO on Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT.