As you all might recall I have been working with HBO for the past few months (here, here, and here) and on Saturday night they invited me to to attend the Night of Too Many Stars benefit at Madison Square Garden to raise money for Autism Awareness.This was not a part of our original partnership but I love working with awesome brands where things continually evolve and end up with great opportunities like this one. When I was told I would have two tickets the possibilities of who to invite started whirling in my head but ultimately, it was not hard to choose. My ultimate and forever plus-one will always be my younger brother and as a huge comedy fan I knew this would be an amazing treat for the both of us. It made it even more special as he will not be able to be in Florida with the rest of the family to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow so I am thrilled he was able to spend this time with me on Saturday!
Though the show did not go live on HBO until 8pm EST we were asked to be there an hour and a half early and for once I was thrilled to get the chance to get all dolled up while it was still daylight and head down to the World’s Most Famous Arena. I have been to MSG more times than I can count but inside the Garden there is a room called the theater – a much more intimate space than the regular oval arena where there are no bad seats. For those who know me well it will not be a surprise that I was able to talk my way in with my DSLR – not usually allowed in professional venues – and get some great shots during the five hours my brother and I were there. As you will see, the entire evening had a purple hue and as they were filming live the big black boom moved back and forth. I could have gotten much better photos but for for the most part I chose to sit back and enjoy the amazing Night of Too Many Stars comedy show. Take a look:
The famed talk show host, Jon Stewart, was the host of Night of Too Many Stars and he started the evening with fellow last night hosts Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. Also appearing on the program were Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, J.J. Abrams, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Howie Mandel, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kate Upton all made appearances. Some introducing charities and autistic families, some performing comedic routines, others performing skits, and some just lending their star power. Really, it was an awesome experience to be in the same room with so many comedic geniuses. But let’s not forget the entire evening and focus of this HBO event was to raise money for the NEXT for Autism charity. If you have HBO you can watch the full show here: Jon Stewart hosts Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs.
^ The kings of talk shows, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Jon Stewart.
^ Ben Stiller, just as funny in real life!
^ Robert DeNiro in real life, so cool!
The finale of Night of Too Many Stars, seen above featured all of the autistic children featured throughout the evening and it was a treat to see them all sing! Olivia Munn’s role in the whole evening was to share all of the prizes. With more than 20 awesome prizes – all of which can be found at Omaze – donated to support the cause I am sure there will be tons of donations as prizes include the chance to Meet the Game of Thrones Cast at the Final Season Premiere, you could nerd out and Get Drawn Into an Episode of South Park, or my personal favorite Have Dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker in NYC. Also, how cute is my brother below? For all those who don’t know the majority tell me my boyfriend is very cute. Eek, so weird!
Thanks HBO for the great evening!