A locally produced two-hour comedy special to benefit Maryland's homeless will air tomorrow night at 8 on 18 state cable systems from Allegany to Worcester counties.
"Comedy Care '91," taped three weeks ago at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, will benefit Health Care for the Homeless, a 6-year-old non-profit organization that provides medical services to the state's homeless. Pledges can be made by calling toll-free (800) 553-4271.
The special -- hosted by WMAR-TV (Channel 2) personalities Beverly Burke and Tony Pagnotti and featuring comedian Ellen DeGeneres, political satirists Gross National Product and others -- will be repeated Friday at 8 p.m.
The cablethon will mark the first time a locally produced event has been carried statewide on Maryland's various cable systems, said Wayne O'Dell, president of the Cable Television Association of Maryland, Delaware and D.C. He said the systems would carry the event on their local access channels.
The systems carrying the cablethon and their channel designations are, in Allegany County, Oldtown Community Systems (15) and TCI Cablevision (8); in Anne Arundel, Acton Corporation (44), Jones Intercable (42) and United Cable Television (15); in Baltimore County, Comcast (2); and in Baltimore City, United Artists Cable (41).
Also, in Calvert County, Jones Intercable (6); in Charles, Jones Intercable (15); in Frederick, Frederick Cablevision (10); in Harford, Comcast Cable (33) and in Howard, Howard Cable Television (6).
And in Montgomery, Cable TV Montgomery (51); in Prince George's, Metrovision (15A) and Multivision (16B); in Washington, Antietam Cable (15); in Wicomico, General Television (35); and in Worcester, United Artists Cable (41).