Every two years, Comedy Central stands up to benefit children and families living with autism on its Night of Too Many Stars, helping raise money to support schools, programs and services nationwide.
Hosted by Jon Stewart and featuring taped segments from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the 2012 special featured comedic heavyweights and stars from across the entertainment world. Highlights included a helium debate between Chris Matthews and Bill O’Reilly, surprise appearances from Sting, Louis CK and Ben Stiller, and a moving duet of “Firework” between Katy Perry and 11-year-old Jodi DiPiazza.
“It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever been associated with,” said comedian Robert Smigel, who has an autistic son and came up with the idea for Night of Too Many Stars. “I’ve made a career of all this nonsense — and I’m very proud of it — but it all pales in comparison to what happened Saturday.”
The 2012 special raised over $4 million, continuing the tradition of surpassing previous amounts and pushing the total raised since 2006 to more than $14 million.
Since 2006, Night of Too Many Stars has raised over $14 million to benefit children and families living with autism.