On Saturday night an over-stuffed constellation of stars took the stage at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan for the taping of Comedy Central’s biennial Night of Too Many Stars, a charity event for the benefit of autism educational programs. Jon Stewart emceed once more, and he will play the host again when the event airs on Sunday, Oct. 21, along with even more celebrities manning the charity phone banks. Until then, here are a few of the night’s best bits to tide you over.
- In keeping with the event’s theme of “America Comes Together,” pugnacious pundits Chris Matthews and Bill O’Reilly engaged in their own debate (moderated by CNN’s John King) over the political future of this country. But before they could bloviate, they had to suck in a lungful of helium in a true demonstration of chipmunk-voiced bipartisanship. Each got the chance to playfully denigrate their opponent, including O’Reilly’s observation that Matthews perpetually “sounds like a man falling down a flight of stairs.”
- Joining major donor Tommy Hilfiger on stage, Ben Stiller trotted out his lovably dense model, Derek Zoolander, who introduced his own ideas to raise money for “people who are au-tastic,” including a post-apocalyptic calendar meant to be used after “the end of syphilisation.”
- The taped portion of the event also doubles as a charity auction, the prizes of which were predictably oddball. Two ladies were lucky (and rich) enough to win the chance to be Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s best friend for the night, but the lot with the biggest laughs was probably Seth Rogen’s selfless offer to take a pee next to whomever ponied up enough cash.
- We’ve heard “Call Me Maybe” about 26,430 times too many at this point, but one last time can’t hurt. Particularly when Carly Rae Jepsen is joined on stage by grim-faced actor Harvey Keitel, who lent the lines “Your stare was holdin’/Ripped jeans, skin was showin’” the intense undertone of menace it always needed.
- While I certainly had a tear in my eye when the guy from Bad Lieutenant plaintively uttered “Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad,” the biggest emotional response was reserved for a genuinely touching duet between Katy Perry and Jodi DiPiazza, a young girl with autism. They sang “Firework” and it turned on the waterworks.
- Paula Deen poked fun at her recent health troubles by appearing with her former boyfriend, Butter. Then her new beau, Broccoli, showed up to kick his “saturated fat-ass.” The skit was given added emotional heft by two talented thespians—Liev Schreiber and Kevin Bacon—giving the best food-related performances of their careers. Although, when you’re named Bacon, all of your performances could probably be considered food-related.
Watch the telecast this Sunday to see these and many more stars humiliate themselves for a good cause. The rest of the roster includes Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, J. B. Smoove, Jersey Shore’s J-WoWW and Sammi, Tom Morello, and far too many more.