A prank-themed television series for the Discovery Channel isn’t the only project that Jimmy Kimmel and YouTube engineer Mark Rober have in the works.
The duo are teaming on a three-hour live stream to raise money for Next For Autism — an organization that works to address the needs of people with autism and their families through educational, clinical, and vocational programs nationwide. This is a cause close to Rober’s heart, given that he has an autistic son, he shared in a YouTube video today (below) that also served as an announcement for the blockbuster fundraising stream.
The YouTube Originals event will take place right here on April 30 at 8 pm ET on Rober’s channel, which is home to 17.9 million subscribers and 80 million monthly viewers. The event will comprise musical performances, comedy skits, DIY science stunts, viewer interaction, and more.
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Officially titled Color The Spectrum, the star-studded lineup includes: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Jack Black, Jon Stewart, Mark Hamill, Marques Brownlee, Maya Rudolph, MrBeast, Paul Rudd, Rhett & Link, Sarah Silverman, Stephen Colbert, Terry Crews, and Zach Galifianakis.
The fundraising is being powered by creator-centric platform Tiltify, and produced by Michelle and Robert Smigel, whose Jon Stewart-fronted Night Of Too Many Stars benefits inspired Rober to create his own event. The Smigels also have an autistic son named Daniel.
“Autism awareness is such a personal cause for my family and me,” Rober said in a statement. “It is inspiring to team up with Jimmy and Robert and create this unprecedented opportunity to bring together traditional entertainment stars with some of the world’s biggest YouTube creators. I don’t think we have ever seen these worlds unite on a scale like this before. The best part is that this is all being done for people in need and who are so deserving.”