Young Jodi DiPiazza appeared onstage alongside Katy Perry to sing a duet of “Firework” with the pop star, and the performance brought down the house, moving host Jon Stewart and many others to tears.
The duet, filmed on Saturday for Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars, was especially touching because young Jodi DiPiazza is autistic, and the event uses comedy to raise money for autism education programs. Sure, there are hilarious sights to behold. MSN speaks of ” a knock-down, drag-out fight between Kevin Bacon in a butter costume and Liev Schreiber dressed as broccoli,” and “a performance of ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen and Harvey Keitel,” but Perry’s duet with DiPiazza brought down the house with its tenderness and poignancy.
DiPiazza earned a standing ovation from the crowd and wrapped her arms around Perry, almost as if to say “good job on those backing vocals.”
“It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever been associated with,” said comedian Robert Smigel, who organizes and produces Night of Too Many Stars. ”I’ve made a career of all this nonsense — and I’m very proud of it — but it all pales in comparison to what happened Saturday.”
Katy Perry’s duet with Jodi DiPiazza can be seen when Night of Too Many Stars airs this Sunday at 8 pm EDT on Comedy Central. Or, of course, you can watch it below. Our gift to you. But still, watch the program when it comes on to help support autism education programs and, of course, to get a laugh or two. Enjoy!