'Stars' provide comedy for a good cause

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Conan O'Brien and a pack of "Saturday Night Live" talent join forces on "Night of Too Many Stars" (7 p.m. today, NBC), a comedy-variety benefit for the Autism Coalition. Dana Carvey returns as "The Church Lady" to ladle out some tough love to Macaulay Culkin and "The Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli. Adam Sandler offers one of his cracked folk songs to guilt-trip viewers into donating funds for the charity.

Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon dramatically re-enact some of history's weakest awards-show patter, and Jack Black offers his unique interpretations of hit Broadway musicals. Too short at only one hour, "Stars" wraps up with Lou Reed taking the stage to "jam" with Sandler, O'Brien, Carvey, Black and Fallon on "Walk on the Wild Side." Comedy for a very good cause, "Stars" also reminds you that "Saturday Night Live" used to be funny.

If watching rich Hollywood types talking endlessly about themselves is your idea of entertainment, then help yourself.

Fascinating and sadly vulgar at the same time, "It's Good to Be ..." has the heart of a tattletale and the soul of an auditor.

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