Stars Hit Facebook Live For ACLU Telethon

March 23, 2017       NPT Staff      

The classic perform-for-a-cause format will take to Facebook Live next week as A-listers will gather in New York to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The event, Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU, will stream on Facebook Live on March 31 beginning at 7 p.m. (EST). The production will be executive produced by Friend of a Friend Productions in collaboration with Funny or Die. Stars of 30 Rock, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski will be among the featured performers for the program. Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ellie Kemper, and Tituss Burgess are also among those set to appear.

Friend of a Friend Productions is Fey’s production arm. There are tickets available to see it in person starting at $1,000 and going to $25,000 but the location is being kept under wraps for now. It will be somewhere in midtown Manhattan.

“In these tumultuous times, we need our favorite actors, musicians, and comedians to do what they do best,” the event’s Facebook page reads. “Speak earnestly about politics? No! Entertain you for a great cause? Yes! Because when the Titanic sank, the band kept playing! Except in this case, the band will be raising money for something that can fix the boat.”

All net proceeds will benefit the ACLU, according to the event listing.

“Our work in the courts is essential right now to hold off the worst of the abuses,” said ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero. “But it is also the collective will and tireless actions of ‘we the people’ that serve as a bulwark against unconstitutional and wrong-headed policies and executive orders. By supporting our work through this telethon, we can fight even harder to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.”

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