Lia Beck
May 01, 2020 1:12 pm
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Need something to do Friday night? At home? While being six feet away from strangers? We’ve got the perfect thing. A virtual comedy festival is coming to YouTube on Friday, May 1st. It has everything you’d want from your coronavirus (COVID-19) special: celebrity guests, a charitable aspect, and the ability to enjoy it without interacting with other humans.

The event is called COVID Is No Joke, and it’s a fundraiser for Americares. The organization is helping to keep healthcare workers on the frontlines safe by providing protective gear, supplies, training, and emotional support. While the comedy special is free to watch, Americares is asking for donations. Those who want to give money can do so on the Americares site or by texting “JOKE” to 20222 to make a $25 donation. As noted in a press release, an anonymous donor has already agreed to match up to $100,000 in donations during the show.

COVID Is No Joke will stream on YouTube at 8 p.m. ET, and it will feature standup comedy and sketches, as well as messages about this complicated time from some of the celebs featured.

The night will be hosted by Scandal star Tony Goldwyn, and there will be a musical performance by Sia. Elizabeth Banks, Steve Carell, Kristin Chenoweth, Bryan Cranston, Will Ferrell, Mindy Kaling, Kerry Washington, and Chelsea Handler will also participate. But that’s just scratching the surface. The full list of guests is available here, and the YouTube video will stream live below.

“While we may be apart physically, we can still come together virtually to help lift spirits and raise critical funds to support our frontline health workers,” Americares President and CEO Christine Squires said in a statement on the organization’s website. “We are so grateful for the tremendous support of these artists and look forward to an unforgettable night.”

You can look forward to switching up your entertainment while still social distancing.

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