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Comedians to host benefit for Autism 
10th-Mar-2008 10:06 am
tony steve and thor
Thanks a million to girl_76 for the info and links.

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NEW YORK - After being surrounded by the dramatic heavyweight stars of the Oscars, Jon Stewart will play host again, this time amid a bevy of comedians.

Stewart will host the second biannual "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education" on April 13 at the Beacon Theater in New York. The show will air live on Comedy Central (8 p.m. EST).

The night will feature standup routines, sketches and short films from a gluttony of comic talent, including Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler.

It's the second such benefit and was organized in part due to Robert Smigel, whose son, Daniel, is autistic. Smigel's most famous character, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, will also be attendance.

The night will raise money for schools and education programs for autistic children and adults. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the advocacy group Autism Speaks. The first "Night of Too Many Stars," held in October 2006, raised more than $2.6 million.

It was also the first event to air live on Comedy Central. This year's broadcast will also be streamed online the day after. A $1.99 download of the show will be available on iTunes and xBox Live Marketplace, with all proceeds going to charity.

Also appearing will be Matthew Broderick, Jonah Hill, Kevin James, Rosie O'Donnell and Susie Essman.


On the Net:

http://www.autismspeaks.org

http://www.comedycentral.com

As most of you know my 5 year old Mikey has Autism which has rendered him non-verbal and learning disabled. He is the light of my life :)

I tell people I meet all the time that everyone knows someone who has been touched by this disease. If you didn't before, you can say it now.

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Comments 
10th-Mar-2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Awww, he is precious!
10th-Mar-2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
That's the weekend you're in town! I'm only a mere two and a half hours away from New York City, Shell...
10th-Mar-2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Holy shit on a shingle, I didn't even realize!!!!

OMG!!!

Too bad it's the day I leave :(
10th-Mar-2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
I just did a speech on autism, and I thought of you. :)
10th-Mar-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Aww thanks sweetie.

My step daughter did a speech on it and won an award :)
10th-Mar-2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
I doubt that I would win an award...
10th-Mar-2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I ALWAYS support Autistic Research and Autism Awareness. I am on the spectrum myself (Asperger's Syndrome) so do not take this as any sort of misunderstanding.

Autism Speaks is a very, very bad organization. I warn you to be cautious in supporting them- they have gotten a lot of criticism from Autistic individuals, Asperger's inidividuals, researchers, professionals, and other organizations.

There has been word that most of their funds don't even go to autistic research. I can dig up a few articles, I've read them before- I'm just not sure off the top of my memory where they are.

I'm not sure where you stand on "should they be cured or not" but many autistic individuals, who are verbal or can speak through other means of communication (such as writing and text), have spoken out against them because Autism Speaks does not listen to the autistic person's opinion. They do not like the forced opinion that all autistic individuals wish to be cured- there are many who do not want to be cured nor do they see it as a "disease" but merely a different neurological type. I'm not going to express my opinion on that because it gets confusing and doesn't lean one side or the other, but I will express the opinion of others who have held criticism to them.

I should also mention that one of the people who works for the organization, and is quite high up on the scale (I just can't remember her exact position) stated on a video that she considered many days of "putting her autistic daughter in the car with her and driving off of a cliff" but "didn't because of her other neurotypical child". It's on the internet somewhere, just look up "Autism Speaks video" and it's stuck in the video somewhere. It's absolutely disgusting that someone has such an attitude about their child.

I do not mean to rain on your parade, but personally I'd never support them in a million years. Apologies if I have made you upset or angry, but I do want you to know again I am in no way against Autistic Research or Awareness. I just feel in particular that's the worst organization to support, and what's awful (to me) is that it's the one that gets the most attention.

Normally I'd really try to keep my mouth shut and let people continue on, but I guess being on the spectrum myself and constantly studying and researching autism and the autistic spectrum- makes this a really important issue to me and I feel the need to speak up. Apologies again.

Edited at 2008-03-10 07:08 pm (UTC)
10th-Mar-2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
awww Jonny!!!!!!!
I love him :D

Have you seen cycle 9 of America's next top model? One of the girls was diagnosed with some sort of autism when she was 10, and she is not able to function well when it comes to social matters. She is my favorite at the moment, I just started watching this season, and the other girls are so shallow and disgusting, they are being mean to her because of her situation. And this whole time I am just thinking "They are so ugly"
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