Laurie David, real-life wife of Sienfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David, is behind a special called Earth To America!, an upcoming comedy special meant to draw attention to the important environmental issue of global warming. TBS will broadcast the show from The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on November 17.
The event has drawn the support of some of television's top comedic talent, including former SNL funnyman Will Ferrell, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Martin, Bill Maher, and Ray Romano. Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Black, Robin Williams, and Dustin Hoffman are also scheduled to appear on the show, which is being billed as an evening of "comedy, music and messaging to raise awareness about global warming."
In a statement, executive vice president and chief operating officer of TBS and sister network TNT Steve Koonin said, "We are proud to bring the best in comedy talent in the industry to our audience of comedy lovers for what is certain to be an extraordinary television event."
Laurie David is an outspoken supporter of environmental issues and sits on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an organization that attempts to shed light on environmental issues. She convinced husband Larry to work a hybrid Toyota Prius into his HBO series Curb, and the vehicle is now available as a prize to people entering her "Curb Global Warming" virtual march on Washington.
Global warming is a scientific theory that maintains that man's prodigious emissions of greenhouse gases are slowly raising the temperature of the planet Earth--with the outcome being environmental devastation. Many experts suggest the recent volatile hurricane season is due to a slight elevation in the temperature of the world's oceans. Learn more about the "Curb Global Warming" effort at www.stopglobalwarming.org.
The broadcast of Earth To America! kicks off the first-annual The Comedy Festival, an event organized by TBS and HBO that will complement existing comedy festivals in Montreal, Quebec, and Aspen, Colorado. The festival features many of television's most popular comedians, including Dennis Miller, who will use the opportunity to record a new one-hour comedy special, a performance by Dave Attell and Lewis Black, and a rare stand-up performance by Jon Stewart.