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“Comic Relief” (March 29, 1986)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program strove to raise funds for and awareness of the homeless problem that was being ignored by the conservative government of the time.

To my knowledge, this series of American programs had nothing to do with the British programs of the same name.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

GENRE: Comedic fund-raiser
STATION: HBO
AIR DATE: March 29, 1986
RUNNING TIME:

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Miller, Lane Sarasohn, Garry Shandling, Robin Williams, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic (for the “Cut to the Grief” segment), Bob Zmuda
DIRECTOR: Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, John Moffitt, Robin Williams
PRODUCER: Jacques Fiorentino, Bob Zmuda
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Billy Crystal, John Moffitt, Robin Williams
MUSIC SUPERVISOR: Kim Richards
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Scott Weitz

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CAST – AS THEMSELVES UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE

Billy Crystal
Whoopi Goldberg
Robin Williams
Steve Allen
Harry Anderson
Richard Belzer
Sid Caesar as Professor Ludwig von Knowitall
John Candy as Stan Shmenge
George Carlin
Michael Davis
Richard Dreyfuss
Michael J. Fox
Estelle Getty
Bobcat Goldthwait
Dick Gregory
Mary Gross as Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Buddy Hackett
Madeline Kahn as Lili von Shtupp
Michael Keaton
Eugene Levy as Josh Shmenge
Jerry Lewis
Jon Lovitz as Tom Finnegan
Howie Mandel
Andrea Martin
Dennis Miller
Martin Mull
Laraine Newman as Shawn
Catherine O’Hara as Barbara Leary
Joe Piscopo
Harold Ramis as Moe Green
Carl Reiner
Rob Reiner
Paul Rodriguez
Doc Severinsen
Garry Shandling
Martin Short as Ed Grimley
David Teitelbaum
Dave Thomas
Lucy Webb as Not Necessarilly the News Reporter
George Wendt as Larry the Interviewer
Steven Wright
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
Henny Youngman
Bob Zmuda

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AWARDS

Cable ACE Awards, 1987

NOMINEE: Comic Relief
CATEGORY: Best Comedy Special
RESULTS: Won

NOMINEE: Robin Williams
CATEGORY: Best Performance in a Comedy Special
RESULTS: Won

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EXTRAS

Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)