24 May 2016; Updated 26 May 2016
Update May 26, 2016 8:00 PM PT: Check out our Instagram account for photos and clips from this event. Also check our Facebook page for larger clips. Donations still being accepted, so listen to your heart and donate now!
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NBC with host Craig Ferguson will be airing a star-studded ‘Red Nose Day Special’ to raise funds and change lives of kids in need. Many of your Hollywood favorites will bring comedy, musical performance and compelling films to help children in need in the United States and worldwide. The NBC special will air live from Los Angeles on May 26 at 9 PM to 11 PM ET.
May 26th, Red Nose Day is a special day for people across the country will get involved by wearing Red Noses, organizing FUN-raisers, and watching the TV Special in primetime live on NBC. Red Nose Day is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty and has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years. Join the FUN-raising event of the year and get seriously silly on this Red Nose Day! Over 65 celebrities will be participating in the Red Nose Special on NBC, including the following:
Elton John, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Blake Shelton, Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Tracy Morgan, Kobe Bryant, Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Jay Leno, Celeine Dion, Anna Kendrick, Seth rogen, Zac Efron, Bono, Ellie Kemper, Blake Griffin, Connie Britton, Mayim Bialik, Mel B, Bill Gates, Tyler Pery, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Vince Vaughn, Sarah Silverman, Keen-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Kristen Bell, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, rose Byrne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Adam Devine, Ron Fuches, Jane Lynch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Goldblum, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Dax Shepard, Jay Pharaoh, Trever Noah, Iwan Rehon, Chris Hardwick, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, David Morrissey, John Daly, Margot Robbie, Kate Micucci, Malin Akerman , Tony Hale and Grace Helberg.
Some of the special features include:
- Julia Roberts’ recent trip to Phoenix to visit projects that take care of children facing serious health issues without the means to afford basic medical treatment;
- Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges making a special visit to an amazing food bank in Atlanta at a school where 50% of the students are living below the poverty line and where one of the biggest problems is day-to-day hunger;
- Jack Black’s trip to Uganda last year to shed light on the issue of children living in poverty, providing a heartwarming update on Felix, a young boy he met there who had been living on the streets for three years. He reveals what life is like for Felix today after being helped by a program that aims to change the lives of homeless kids.
- Musical members by Elton John and Blake Shelton who wrote special songs for the theme of the special;
- Paul Shaffer and his band will bring high energy and great music as he takes over as the musical director of the Red Nose Orchestra;
- Tracy Morgan will deliver a great night of comedy, putting on his unique spin of the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs reading to the kids;
- Paul Rudd committed more money for Red Nose Day promising to donate $5,000 for every three-pointer that basketball superstar Blake Griffin can make in three minutes;
- A comedy sketch featuring ‘The Walking Dead’ cast (Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Ross Marquand, Josh McDermitt, Steven Yuen, Christian Serratos, Melissa McBride and Sonequa Martin-Green)
Red Nose Day has become a cultural phenomenon in the U.K., and raised more than $1 billion globally in the last 25 years. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 as a special day to come together, have fun and make a difference for kids who are most in need. In its inaugural year in America, more than $23 million was raised for the Red Nose Day Fund, with the money now at work in all 50 states across America and 15 countries internationally through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated.
The money raised by Red Nose Day in 2016 will help support projects in some of the neediest communities in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world. People from all walks of life are encouraged to get involved, have fun and raise money by buying red noses sold exclusively at Walgreens stores nationwide, organizing fundraising events and watching and donating during the television special.
Red Nose Day was built upon the foundation that hte power of entertainment and celebrities can help raise money and awareness of poverty to save and change millions of lives and was created by Oscar nominee and Emmy-Award winning writer-director, Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill).
The special is executive produced by Richard Curtis along with John Irwin Entertainment and Lily Sobhani.
Partners include The Boys & Girls Club of America, Charity: Water, Children’s Health Fund, Covenant House: Opening House for Homeless Youth; Feeding America, Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund, The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the National Urban League, Oxfam America and Save the Children organizations.