Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy to headline pandemic relief comedy special

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On Sunday, May 10, the “Feeding America Comedy Special” will air at 7 p.m. ET on NBC as well as on The Weather Channel, Comedy.TV and the Local Now streaming app.

Produced in partnership with comedian Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group and Funny or Die, the two-hour event will feature performances from a number of A-list comedians, including Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish.

In addition to providing comic relief to the masses as we continue to battle the novel coronavirus, it will also serve as a fundraiser for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which is providing food and funds to local food banks across the nation in the wake of the pandemic.

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“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,” Byron Allen, CEO of Entertainment Studios and Allen Media Group, said in a statement.

Other confirmed comedians performing as part of the two-hour event include Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Andrew Dice Clay, Whitney Cummings, Kevin Hart, Tim Meadows and Sarah Silverman. You can find the complete confirmed lineup here.

More comedians are expected to announce their appearances soon.

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The iHeart Living Room Concert for America, which aired on March 29 and featured performances from artists including Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and Alicia Keys, also benefited Feeding America’s coronavirus response.

“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, said in the statement. “Millions 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.”

How are you giving back during these uncertain times?

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