Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock & more headlining virtual comedy festival
A new virtual comedy fest has been announced to raise money for Feeding America. The "Feeding America Comedy Festival" airs on Saturday, May 9 from 8-11 PM ET, Rolling Stone reports, on Comedy.TV and, where else, The Weather Channel -- both part of Allen Media Group TV, whose CEO (and onetime comedian) Byron Allen is putting on the event. It'll also stream on the Local Now app.
The lineup includes Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans, Howie Mandel, Brad Garrett, Taraji P. Henson, Louie Anderson, Margaret Cho, Kenan Thompson, Marc Maron, Jon Lovitz, Caroline Rhea, Billy Gardell, Tim Meadows, Jamie Kennedy, Bill Engvall and Sheryl Underwood.
"In partnership with Feeding America, my comedian friends and all of us at Allen Media Group are pleased to announce this global live-streaming comedy event on May 9th," Byron Allen says. "Laughter is often the best medicine, and we are extremely motivated to bring attention to issues of food insecurity, and to assist in providing meals to families across the country who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."
"The coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn it has created is shining a light on the fragile nature of people’s household budgets," Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, says. "Millions more of our neighbors are turning to food banks for help and we cannot thank Byron Allen and Allen Media Group enough for their support to raise funds and awareness of our work."