The Valley’s Top School for Autism – Gateway Academy – Presents Stand Up For Autism at CB Live at Desert Ridge Marketplace Thursday, April 20th at 6pm

April is Autism Awareness month and Gateway Academy is hosting a special comedy night to celebrate the beauty of the Spectrum!

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month and join the Valley’s top school serving students with High Functioning Autism and 2E students for a night of laughter and live comedy.


On Thursday, April 20th, 2023 Gateway Academy will host Stand Up For Autism starting at 6pm at CB Live at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Comedians Jann Karam and Brian Kiley will co-headline the evening, along with other special guests. There will also be a silent auction and raffle with all proceeds going to the non-profit Gateway Academy.

“We are thrilled to be raising funds for our STEAM program and celebrating our exceptional students during Autism Awareness Month with a night of comedy and entertainment,” said CEO and Executive Director at Gateway Academy O. Robin Sweet at Gateway Academy. “This is one of Gateway Academy’s biggest fundraisers of the year, so we hope everyone will come out and help support our amazing students.”

Jann Karam is an Arizona native and attended Arizona State University. She is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and artist. Karam has made appearances on NBC’s Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman. She was also on HBO’s Young Comedians Special, Seinfeld and many more. She headlines across the country as a stand-up comedian and regularly tours with SNL alumnus Dana Carvey.

Brian Kiley is a comedian and an Emmy® Award-winning writer. He is a staff writer and the head monologue writer for Conan O’Brien. Kiley has made several appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He performs regularly at clubs in L.A.

Tru Steinburg, son of comedian Andy Steinburg, will be the Emcee for the evening. Tru is a graduate of Gateway Academy and is currently attending the Scottsdale Community college’s culinary arts program. Tru and his father have hosted the Stand Up For Autism event in the past.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at the door or at

CB Live at Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050.

For media inquiries please contact Jen Parks-Sturgeon at or (480) 495-3806.

For more information about Gateway Academy, and its services call (480) 998-1071 or visit

About Gateway Academy

Gateway Academy was established in 2005, and offers a private education for students, in 6th through 12th grade, with a diagnosis of a Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder, and students who are Twice-Exceptional. The school operates a year-round program from July – May of each year, and enrollments are accepted throughout the year.