Every few years, the benefit Night Of Too Many Stars brings some of your favorite names in comedy, TV, and film together to raise money for Autism awareness. However, due to the pandemic, last year’s plans for the benefit got thrown out the window. In its place, there’s a new benefit that will be raising money for the organization NEXT for Autism.
Jimmy Kimmel is teaming up with former NASA engineer turned YouTuber Mark Rober for the three hour virtual livestream, Color The Spectrum: A Livestream To Support The Autism Community. Those slated to appear include Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Jack Black, Jon Stewart, Mark Hamill, Sarah Silverman, Stephen Colbert, Terry Crews, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis.
The event, which will feature “a mix of musical performances, skits and science stunts, all designed to benefit autism programs across the country,” will be produced by Kimmel’s team, as well as Robert and Michelle Smigel, who put on Night Of Too Many Stars every couple of years.
“It is inspiring to team up with Jimmy and Robert and create this unprecedented opportunity to bring together traditional entertainment stars with some of the world’s biggest YouTube creators,” said Rober in a statement. “I don’t think we have ever seen these worlds unite on a scale like this before. The best part is that this is all being done for people in need and who are so deserving.”
Smigel added, “It’s been a year since we had to cancel our Night of Too Many Stars benefit and many of the programs and schools we support are hurting greatly. So we’re beyond grateful to Mark and Jimmy for making this happen for NEXT for Autism.”
The benefit, which is happening April 30th at 8 PM ET, will be available exclusively on Rober’s YouTube channel.