Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock among comics taking part in star-studded ‘Feeding America’ benefit

Organizer Bryon Allen believes that laughter is often the best medicine, and is motivated to bring attention to issues of food insecurity and to assist in providing meals to families across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Byron Allen (Credit: Getty Images)

Celebrities have been stepping up during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our spirits high and now NBC, Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios (parent company of theGrio) and Funny or Die have all partnered up to gift us with a two-hour comedy special that’s sure to have audiences in stitches.

According to Variety, this Sunday, the two-hour Feeding America Comedy Festival will air on NBC and several other formats with an incredibly star-studded line-up of dozens of comedians including comedy heavyweights like Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, and Chris Rock.

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Byron Allen

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“There’s nothing more important right now than doing everything we can to make sure everyone affected by this pandemic is able to feed themselves and their families,” said Doug Vaughan, NBC Entertainment’s executive vice president of special programs. “We’re honored to be partnering with Feeding America and the amazing work they’re doing to make sure there is food on everyone’s table.”

“In partnership with Feeding America, my comedian friends and all of us at Allen Media Group are pleased to announce this global live-streaming comedy event on May 10th,” said Allen, head of Entertainment Studios/Allen Media Group.

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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,” he continued.

Others set to appear in video segments (in alphabetical order): Byron Allen who put together the star-studded show; Louie Anderson, Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Wayne Brady, Adam Carolla, Cedric the Entertainer, Margaret Cho, Andrew Dice Clay, Deon Cole, Whitney Cummings, Tommy Davidson, Bill Engvall, Mike Epps, Billy Gardell, Brad Garrett, Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin James, Jim Jefferies, Jamie Kennedy, Keegan-Michael Key, George Lopez, Jon Lovitz, Howie Mandel, Sebastian Maniscalco, Marc Maron, Tim Meadows, Jodi Miler, Caroline Rhea, Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, JB Smoove, Kenan Thompson, Sheryl Underwood, and Marlon Wayans.