Maya & Marty: Broadway for Orlando Performs — Plus: Best and Worst Sketches Featuring Ricky Gervais

Maya & Marty on Tuesday were joined by nearly four dozen of stage and screen’s biggest stars for a performance in support of the LGBT community of Orlando, Fla.

Victor Garber (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Megan Hilty (Smash), Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Andrea Martin (Difficult People), Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and B.D. Wong (Law & Order: SVU) were among the notable TV actors who took part in a performance of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” The song was recently rerecorded and released as a charity single by more than 60 of Broadway’s most recognized names under the moniker Broadway for Orlando. All proceeds go to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.

Other notable performers included Rosie Perez (The View), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Joel Grey (Cabaret), Roger Bart (Revenge), Jessie Mueller (Waitress), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Shuffle Along), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray), Frankie Grande (Big Brother) and Broadway legends Kelli O’Hara and Chita Rivera. Watch the emotional showstopper below, then scroll down for our usual breakdown of best and worst sketches — this week featuring Ricky Gervais and SNL‘s Cecily Strong:

When tasked with saving Peach (played by Strong) from the evil Bowser, Mario (Mikey Day) and Luigi (Short) called on their long-lost adoptive brother Jamarcus (Thompson). After a falling out with their Papa, Jamarcus left their childhood home at 17 and only returned after losing all of his money on Draft Kings. Together, Mario, Luigi and Peach did their best to try and convince Jamarcus to join them in fending off Bowser, but his jumping skills just weren’t up to par.

We can’t believe we’re saying this, but Glick’s sit-down with the British comedian was an absolute riot. Though we’ve taken awhile to warm up to Short’s eccentric character, he finally broke us tonight as he mistook Gervais for Steve Carrell, told him he looked like David Beckham with a glandular problem and said the only reason he got asked back to do the Golden Globes was because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were unavailable. Gervais was in tears within seconds, and so were we. Lucky for us, NBC has uploaded an extended cut of the interview:

Strong and Rudolph portrayed the world’s snootiest air-traffic controllers with nothing but terrible things to say about coworker Stacey (Thompson). After going on and on about the way he walked and the way he would use Susan B. Anthony coins to pay for his lunch, Stacey confronted the chatty duo to inform them that their finger was on the intercom button the whole time and he had heard everything. (“Ugh, Stacey!”)

This morning talk show segment wasn’t much of a stretch for either Rudolph, who was doing her Dilma Rousseff impression again, or Thompson, who was pulling from his impression of baseball player Manuel Ortiz. We’re not sure whether the accents were supposed to be enough to carry the sketch, or whether Short’s dancing as both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was supposed to generate belly laughs. Ultimately, the humor was lost on us.

What did you think of Maya & Marty‘s performance for Orlando? And is the Peacock’s variety show venture improving week-to-week? Grade the episode in our poll, then sound off below.

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  1. Julie says:

    I love the Jiminy Glick Interviews!!! That is always my highlight of the show!!

  2. Eran says:

    Just when you thought you’d officially run out of tears…

  3. Philip says:

    Is there a complete list of Broadway actors from last night’s performance of “What the World “? I saw the press release and saw some names like Charles Busch and Frankie Grande who were not in the original recording last year. (Not counting Maya, Marty and Kenan) Just wondering how many new celebrities were in this version.

    • Stuart Allyn says:

      here is the complete list, they left out many in the coverage including Carole Demas _ GREASE Original Sandy, and Star of TV’s The Magic Garden for 12 years.
      These are the Broadway performers who performed on Maya & Marty: Roger Bart, Andréa Burns, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Paul Castree, Michael Cerveris, Kevin Chamberlin, Lilla Crawford, Carole Demas, Cynthia Erivo, Victor Garber, Frankie James Grande, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, James Monroe Iglehart, Judy Kuhn, Jose Llana, Anika Larsen, Norm Lewis, Lorna Luft, Beth Malone, Andrea Martin, Janet Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Kelli O’Hara, Rory O’Malley, Orfeh, Christine Pedi, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Keala Settle, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur and BD Wong.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I know that this is a TV site (which is awesome, I might add), but you do know that the TV stars you highlighted are also seasoned Broadway vets (as well as Tony winners)? Just wanted to put that out there.

  5. Best episode so far! Feels like they are starting to genuinely find the right rhythm to this show.

  6. Walkie says:

    I could watch Jiminy Glick all day. So hysterical.

  7. Gerald says:

    Jiminy Glick is my favorite, has been for years. I loved it when he had his own show Primetime Glick back in 2001-2003. Thanks for the extended cut. The rest of the show I could take or leave.

  8. LaDonna says:

    I saw one of my Broadway faves, Alice Ripley! (She’s the one in the photo in the purple dress.) Also, Megan Hilty! My hubby loves this show, and it’s starting to grow on me, too.