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Sara Bareilles, Lena Dunham & More Perform at 2nd Annual Talent Show Benefit to Benefit Homeless LGBTQ Youth


Bleachers, Lena Dunham, Sara Bareilles, Fred Armisen, and many others came together last night to perform at the Ally Coalition & Above Average's 2nd Annual Talent Show to Benefit Homeless LGBTQ Youth.

Also appearing at NYC's New World Stages for the special night of musical, comedic and motivational performances were comedian Mike Birbiglia, singer-songwriter Elle King, current member of Fun. and co-founder of The Ally Coalition (TAC) Andrew Dost, comedienne Jacqueline Novak, author Jennifer Pastiloff, and comedian and THE DAILY SHOW correspondent Roy Wood Jr, and actor and EMPIRE star Jussie Smollet. The night was hosted by designer and co-founder of TAC, Rachel Antonoff and comedian John Early.

The Ally Coalition & Above Average's 2nd Annual Talent Show involved a nearly 3 hour long show of special performances, with ticket proceeds donated by The Ally Coalition and Above Average to support New Alternatives and their work in assisting homeless LGBTQ youth in NYC. Special moments throughout the night included: Jack Antonoff & Lena Dunham performing a duet of Electric Light Orchestra's song, "When I Was A Boy" (Dunham also referred to Antonoff as her "future fiance?"); EMPIRE star Jussie Smollett introducing Sara Bareilles, who went on to perform a cover of Carole King's "You've Got A Friend" in advance of her performance to honor Carole King at the upcoming Kennedy Center Awards; Fred Armisen doing impressions of New York city neighborhoods at the request of audience members; Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost, and members of Bleachers performing a cover of The National's song "Bloodbuzz Ohio"; and the full cast of performers gathering at the end of the night to sing Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way."


TAC works with entertainers and their fans to raise awareness, action and funds in support of equality. 1.7 million youths are homeless in the USA and nearly 40% identify as LGBTQ. These youths are far more likely to be victims of depression, violence, bullying and suicide. Our partners across the country work to support these youths with a safe space and services.


Above Average is the premier online destination for original comedic videos and written content featuring the industry's top creators, celebrities, and rising talent. As the company behind popular web series and videos including "7 Minutes in Heaven," "Alec Baldwin's Love Ride," "Hudson Valley Ballers," "Sound Advice" with Vanessa Bayer, and "Everyone's Upstairs Neighbors," Above Average has one mission: to make high-quality content that makes you laugh. Above Average is a proud member of Broadway Video.

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