Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Judd Apatow, and More Set for 'Telethon for America' Get Out the Vote
Variety says Judd Apatow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lilly Singh and Olga Kay (among other stars) will participate in a get-out-the-vote streaming comedy special dubbed "Telethon for America." THE STREAM will go out on the evening of November 5th, one day before the Midterm elections.
"Telethon for America" will stream live on YouTube, Facebook Live and Comedy Central's website. The goal is to generate "pledges" from younger voters to show up at the polls on Nov. 6. Originating with actor and comedian Ben Gleib, the non-partisan effort is tied to former First Lady Michelle Obama's When We All Vote initiative.
"The 'Telethon For America' flips the traditional telethon on its head. Young Americans are more motivated than ever before and the Telethon For America is working to build on that momentum to make sure an even higher percentage of young people get out and vote," Gleib said. "We are excited to reach them in a brand new way, thanks to our production partners, our performers, and the social platforms of the influencers that they listen to." Gleib said.
Stars scheduled to appear at the event and staff the phone banks include Jessica Alba, Lil Rel, Chelsea Handler, Ashley Benson, Adam Devine, Whitney Cummings, Russell Peters, Alyssa Milano, Jeff Ross, Sophia Bush, Tom Arnold, Aisha Taylor, Minnie Driver, Erik Griffin, Debra Messing, Jackie Tohn, Connie Britton, Wyatt Cenac, Natasha Leggero, Tone Bell, Iliza Shlesinger, Rory Scovel, Mary McCormack, house DJ Samantha Ronson, Amy Schumer, Jim Jefferies, Jane Fonda, Charlize Theron, Brad Williams and Zoe Lister-Jones.
"This is a great opportunity to reach millions of voters the day before one of the most important elections of our lifetime to remind them that their vote is their voice and their vote is their power," said Kyle Lierman, CEO of When We All Vote. "Not only will we encourage voters to go vote and take their friends and families with them, but we'll arm them with all the tools and information they need to cast their ballot."
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