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Night of Too Many Stars is a fundraising telethon for autism.[1] It has been held every two or three years since 2003. The event was founded by Robert Smigel after learning that his son was diagnosed with autism.[2]

The 2015 event aired on Comedy Central on March 8, but was taped a week earlier. It was two hours long and held at the Beacon Theater. Guests included John Oliver, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer.[2] Jodi DiPiazza performed a duet with "Weird Al" Yankovic;[3] Bon Jovi also performed a song with backing vocals by Al Roker, Gilbert Gottfried and Will Forte.[4][citation needed]

The 2017 event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden was broadcast live by HBO on 18 November. Guests included Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Jodi DiPiazza performing a duet with Cynthia Erivo and The Roots, Jon Stewart and Howie Mandel.[5]


  1. ^ "Night of Too Many Stars - Series". Archived from the original on 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  2. ^ a b "At autism fund-raiser, too many funny 'Stars'" by Donna Freydkin, USA Today, March 8, 2015
  3. ^ "Weird Al Yankovic, young people with autism sing 'Yoda' on telethon". Los Angeles Times. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Littleton, Cynthia (2015-03-01). "Paul Rudd, John Oliver, Louis C.K. Go All Out for 'Night of Too Many Stars' Fundraiser (VIDEO)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  5. ^ "The Highs and Lows of Night of Too Many Stars, Jon Stewart’s Autism Benefit Show" by Katla McGlynn, Vulture, November 19, 2017

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