NEW YORK, March 31 COMEDY CENTRAL announced today thatKelsey Grammer, Ben Stiller, Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 and The Rootshave been added to the line-up for its bi-annual live on-air special event,"Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education." OnSunday, April 13, at 8:00 p.m. ET, live from the Beacon Theatre in New YorkCity, the benefit for Autism education programs will feature Jon Stewarthosting an evening filled with live performances, sketches and short filmsfrom a roster of comedy all-stars.
Performers raising money to help ease the severe shortage of effectiveschools and education programs for autistic children and adults include FredArmisen, Will Arnett, Matthew Broderick, Tom Brokaw, Steve Carell, StephenColbert, Susie Essman, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Kelsey Grammer,Jonah Hill, Kevin James, Maroon 5, Rosie O'Donnell, Amy Poehler, ConanO'Brien, Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Triumph The Insult ComicDog and many additional talent to be announced. The Roots will be the houseband for the evening.
Beginning on Tuesday, April 15, "Night of Too Many Stars" will beavailable for download on iTunes and xBox Live Marketplace for 30 days. Allproceeds from the $1.99 download will go directly to the charity. Inaddition, comedycentral.com will stream the entire broadcast online on Monday,April 14. Users will have the opportunity to donate to the charity via theWeb site.
The October 2006 "Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit ForAutism Education" raised more than $2.5 million.
"Night Of Too Many Stars" will benefit a variety of Autism educationprograms around the country. The funds raised will support educationalfacilities that have recently opened or are about to open their doors, alongwith those already well-established model schools that are now developinginnovative programs to provide vocational and life skills for adults withautism. Proceeds will also support outreach programs that provide trainingand consultation to families of very young children in their homes.Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, thenation's leading autism advocacy group.
COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in morethan 91 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is aregistered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of ViacomInc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet addressis www.comedycentral.com. For up-to-the-minute and archival press informationand photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press Web site atwww.comedycentral.com/press.
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