Jimmy Kimmel co-hosting Autism fundraiser featuring Hamill, Sandler & more
April 30, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Together with YouTuber Mark Rober, Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting Color The Spectrum: A Livestream To Support The Autism Community this evening. The three-hour event will start at 8pm ET on Rober's YouTube page and will raise money for Next for Autism, and it will also include appearance from a number of special guests, including Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Jack Black, Andy Samberg, Paul Rudd, MrBeast, Zach Galifianakis, Mark Hamill, Sarah Silverman, Terry Crews, Marques Brownlee, Rhett & Link, and more.
"We’re bringing together the biggest stars of social media and old people media, together for a great night, great prizes, and most importantly we’re going to raise an actual ton of money to help some special people who could use it," Kimmel said. The livestream will include musical performances, comedy skits, and DIY science stunts. Mark Rober was inspired to create this event by the Night of Too Many Stars autism benefit, which last took place in 2017. "Autism awareness is such a personal cause for my family and me," Rober said. "It is inspiring to team up with Jimmy and Robert [Smigel] 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."
Rober explained that Next for Autism "helps create programs around the country for individuals on the spectrum so they can live, work and be a part of their communities so they are not left to live lives in isolation. There are a lot of great resources for children on the Autism spectrum through the public school system but once they turn 18 they are often totally left on their own. Next helps with that transition." Be sure to check the event out and donate if you can!