Night of Too Many Stars

November 17, 2010

If you’re like me and missed it the first time around, (it originally aired October 21 on Comedy Central) check your local Comcast OnDemand listings for “Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education” (OnDemand>TV Entertainment>Comedy Central>Stand-Up Specials).  If you don’t have Comcast, do not fret—clips are available online at the Comedy Central website.

Hosted by Jon Stewart, the event was filmed at New York’s Beacon Theatre on October 2, but the program was edited to air in conjunction with a live telethon featuring dozens of celebrities manning a phone bank.  This is one telethon that will not have you reaching for the remote to switch stations.  At the same time, it aptly promotes autism research and education, intermittently showing brief clips about the cause.

If you only watch one clip (or click on one link) of this program, watch Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan in a hilarious homage to Simon and GarfunkelIf you watch two more, check out Chris Rock cursing out a young woman’s ex-boyfriend who snubbed her on Facebook and Steve Carell simulate an orgasm while screaming Naomi Watts’ name.  Guaranteed laughs, I promise.  Hilarious.  Other highlights include appearances by Tina Fey, Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan, Conan O’Brien, Triumph the Insult Dog, Adam Sandler, and so many more.

Is that NBC intellectual property?

Steve Carell climaxes

Not only is the actual live event wonderfully funny and entertaining, the telethon portion is surprisingly enjoyable, as well.  If you get to watch the program through OnDemand (commercial-free!), you get to see both.  I highly recommend checking out the whole thing because the telethon showcases very popular celebs being super cute and funny.  At one point, Will Forte is shirtless and Zach Galifianakis is talking into a banana, you know, just in the background.  George Clooney is also heavily promoted on the telethon because, lord knows, everyone loves him.  Some other phone bankers: Larry David, “Sully” Sullenberger, Tom Hanks, David Spade, Betty White, Jeff Garlin, Olivia Munn, Rob Huebel, Bob Odenkirk, Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World, Paul Scheer, Jim Parsons, Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Weird Al, Eric Stonestreet, and the list goes on and on.