It will be a night to remember when NBC airs "Red Nose Day," a live three-hour entertainment event Thursday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET), featuring world-class comedy, videos produced by Funny Or Die, music performances and Hollywood's biggest stars.
With a focus on having fun, raising money and changing lives, the star-studded event will help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Will Ferrell, Jennifer Hudson, Jack Black, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Michelle Rodriguez and Gwyneth Paltrow will appear, along with musical acts Sam Smith, John Legend and "Voice" coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams.
Matt Lauer, Carson Daly, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Eichner, Martin Short, Laura Linney, Anna Kendrick, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and John Michael Higgins also are slated to appear, along with Bill and Melinda Gates, Stephen Merchant and many more.
Created by film director/writer Richard Curtis ("Notting Hill," "Bridget Jones Diary," "Love Actually"), "Red Nose Day" is a popular annual event in the U.K. that has raised more than $1 billion over the past 30 years. "Red Nose Day," inspired and supported by "Comic Relief U.K.," is coming to the U.S. for the first time with the live broadcast May 21.
People from all walks of life are encouraged to have fun and raise money through buying red noses (sold exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationwide), organizing fundraising events and watching and donating during the television special. The event will feature sketch comedy, parodies, videos, live musical performances and short appeals films that shed light on those in need.
As previously announced, the money raised during "Red Nose Day" will fund programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S., Africa, Asia and Latin America. Charity partners include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children's Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; Lift; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and United Way.