Since June of 2006, Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars,” a biennial comedy fundraiser, has brought in over $18 million to support autistic individuals through various community programs, according to the network’s website.
Rather than push discredited scientific “studies” regarding a supposed link between vaccinations and autism (looking at you, National Autism Association), Night of Too Many Stars and partner New York Collaborates for Autism have allowed others to focus on both legitimate research and pseudo-scientific “research,” and instead use the funds collected through the biennial special to support autism schools, programs, and services.
This year’s installment of the special features an all-star cast including Louis C.K., John Oliver, Amy Schumer, Larry Wilmore, Sarah Silverman, and others — but the highlight of the evening is perhaps a reigniting of the feud between Adam Sandler and Bob Barker.
The “rivalry” between the former Price if Right host and comedian is well-remembered by anyone who was alive during the 1990’s — After all, who could forget the epic slugfest between the two in Happy Gilmore?
“That’s right: Not since Happy Gilmore,” Barker added. “But we know that providing schools and services for people with autism is too important.”
The duo quickly dissolved into an exchange of below-the-belt hits, with Barker telling Sandler he had become chunky over the years:
I guess doing all those movies without me took its toll. If I had known that I had to toss your salad to be in another one, I would have. But Rob Schneider didn’t send me the memo.
This jab at Schneider is all but coincidental. Not only has he appeared in many of Sandler’s movies, but Schneider regularly works to pervert education about autism by pushing the false vaccine-autism narrative, recently threatening to donate money to whomever opposes California governor Jerry Brown and claiming (fraudulently) that the CDC manipulated data regarding a link between the MMR vaccine and autism in African-American children.
After a few more back-and-forth jibes, it was on.
Watch the hilarious “fight” below:
Now that you’re in a good mood, we would be remiss if we didn’t share with you information on how to donate:
Night of Too Many Stars airs this Sunday on Comedy Central.
Featured image via YouTube screen capture, courtesy of Comedy Central