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October 20, 2010

By Paula Hendrickson
Contributing Writer

This Thursday, Oct. 21, you can kick back, laugh and maybe even learn something by watching Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart hosts the show, which was taped live in New York earlier this month.

How much of the live show will make it to the small screen remains to be seen, but rumor is Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell were joined by Stewart in a riotous musical number, and Chris Rock solicited bids to curse them out over the phone during the show. (The winner had him call her former boyfriend.) Given Rock’s fondness for certain words, something tells me if that segment makes it to air, we’ll hear more bleeping than speaking.

Other performers include Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan and Jimmy Fallon. Even Tom Brokaw was there. Celebrities including David Letterman, Joel McHale, Jim Gaffigan and many of the night’s performers have contributed signed items that are being auctioned off for charity.

Bid on a box of Jimmy Fallon thank-you notes or a signed hardcover copy of Sarah Palin’s autobiography (signed by Tina Fey, of course). If you’re really lucky, maybe you’ll place the top bids for autographed posters for Stewart’s upcoming Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert’s competing March to Keep Fear Alive. You can view the items or place a bid here: http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/night_of_too_many_stars/auction/index.jhtml.

For more information about the show, or to learn how you can make a donation to the New York Center for Autism, go to http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/night_of_too_many_stars/index.jhtml.

Shifting gears, I’m not much of a fan of Madonna, Lady Gaga or Britney Spears, so the Oct. 26 episode of Glee is the first themed episode I’m excited about. They’re billing it as “The Rocky Horror Glee Show.” I’ve intentionally avoided spoilers about this episode, but have enjoyed theorizing which Glee cast members will sing which songs.

When news first broke that Glee might be doing a Rocky Horror episode, some fellow Gleeks I know from Ravelry (an online social networking site for knitters and crocheters) began listing who should sing what. I want Kurt (Chris Colfer) to sing Columbia’s role—who else could get away with wearing a gold sequined top hat?—but he would also be a good Riff-Raff. While Emma (Jayma Mays) would be a perfect Janet, we also thought Quinn (Dianna Agron) could handle it. Finn (Cory Monteith) had to be Brad. The ads show Rachel (Lea Michel) and Finn as Brad and Janet, which still makes sense. Most knitters thought Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) would be a good choice for Magenta, but it looked like Quinn was wearing the red fright wig in the promo. Sam (Chord Overstreet), the new blonde kid, could be Rocky, but so could Puck (Mark Salling).

But what about Eddie, Dr. Scott, The Narrator and, of course, Frank?

While the obvious choice for the wheelchair-bound Dr. Scott would be Artie (Kevin McHale), one knitter suggested Sue (Jane Lynch) as Dr. Scott. That could work. Puck would make a good Eddie, but Mercedes (Amber Riley) or Tina could put an interesting twist on it. Anyone could play The Narrator, even Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba), but the same isn’t true of the cross-dressing extraterrestrial scientist Frank.

Which Rocky Horror songs will make the cut, and who will sing them? Which Rocky Horror Picture Show cast members will make cameos in this episode? Either search for spoilers or wait like me to find out. No matter who sings what, it’s sure to be a fun episode.

Night of Too Many Stars airs Thursday on Comedy Central at 8 p.m.

Glee airs Tuesdays on Fox at 7 p.m.

Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine and Variety, and has been published in numerous national publications, including American Bungalow, Television Week and TVGuide. Send in your suggestions to tubetalking-paula@yahoo.com.

From the Oct. 20-26, 2010 issue

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