Katy Perry and Jodi DiPiazza perform 'Firework'
Grab a hankie: Your eyes may get a wee bit misty when you watch the following clip from Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars, a celeb-packed benefit that airs Sunday night.
The annual charity event raises money for autism education programs — programs like the one that helped New York tween Jodi DiPiazza, who was diagnosed with autism shortly after her second birthday. Though Jodi’s parents once feared that their daughter would never speak, she’s now thriving at New York City’s Mannes College The New School for Music Preparatory Division, where she studies piano and voice.
At Night of Too Many Stars, Jodi got the chance to join her idol, Katy Perry, for a performance of Perry’s inspirational hit “Firework.” Their duet is undeniably moving — especially at the end, when Jodi gives Perry a gleeful embrace, then pulls away to pump her tiny fists. The singer was certainly affected by the experience: “I will never forget last night,” she tweeted the day after the taping. “It was the most important moment thus far of what I do.”
Night of Too Many Stars airs on October 21 at 8 p.m. ET. If you watch and make a pledge, you may get a chance to speak to a celeb like Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Julianne Moore, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, or Al Pacino — all of whom will be manning the event’s phone bank.