Everyone knows Leonard Maltin as the esteemed author of the annual 'Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide' as well as the writer and editor of a host of other film and home video related books, and as a TV movie critic on such shows as 'Entertainment Tonight' and 'Hot Topic.' But Leonard Maltin, comedian?

Well, Maltin was contacted by a producer of 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' and was asked to participate in this year's edition of the annual 'Night of Too Many Stars' fundraiser. The charity event, which raises money for autism education, was launched several years ago by comedian Robert Smigel, whose son has autism, and has raised millions of dollars thanks to it being aired on Comedy Central and the participation of Jon Stewart as host.

According to Maltin, 'The Daily Show' producer told him that Smigel and Sarah Silverman had created a "bit" that involved him, and asked him if he would be willing to travel to New York to appear on the show, which was being taped at the Beacon Theatre on Broadway at 75th Street. Without hesitation, Maltin agreed.

Though Maltin won't reveal what the "bit" was (you'll have to watch the show, which airs Oct. 21 at 9PM ET on Comedy Central), he did provide more details about the show, his trip to New York, and the many people he met along the way (including the legendary Lillian Ross) in a post at his Movie Crazy blog at indieWIRE. Check it out.
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