Eleven year-old Jodi DiPiazza was diagnosed with autism right before she turned 2, and her parents feared their daughter would never speak. Not only does Jodi now speak, she has found a voice through music. Her mom says, “Through music and through song, she’s making herself known.”
Jodi joined voices with pop star Katy Perry and they performed Perry’s hit “Firework” as a duet on Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs.” Night of Too Many Stars airs Sunday at 8/7 Central.
Check out the video, and maybe have the tissues handy. After a few minutes of introduction about Jodi, what parents went through with her autism diagnosis and how Jodi is thriving, the “Firework” duet begins at 3:11.
Following the performance, Katy Perry tweeted, “I will never forget last night. It was the most important moment thus far of what I do.”
Jon Stewart hosts “Night of Too Many Stars” which benefits a variety of autism programs across the country “in support of the overabundance of individuals with autism that so desperately need quality services.” In 2010, thanks to donations, “Night of Too Many Stars,” through its partner organization, New York Collaborates for Autism, gave more than $3.1 million in grants to 41 programs in 13 states.
Jodi and Katy weren’t the only duet of the evening. Harvey Keitel and Carly Rae Jepson join forces on “Call Me, Maybe” for a slightly less touching but highly amusing performance that you can see here.
The program also features Fred Armisen, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer, Tom Morello, Tracy Morgan, Bill O’Reilly, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Sudeikis, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Matthew Broderick, Anderson Cooper, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianne Moore and Meredith Vieira.
Will you be tuning in?