NBC hasn’t announced the stars who will be part of the three hour live Red Nose Day special, however the network has announced the 12 charities that will benefit from the fundraising event airing on May 21, 2015. 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 will receive much-needed financial support as the result of NBC’s first-ever Red Nose Day U.S. special.
Red Nose Day was created by writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary) and has raised over $1 billion in the UK since its first telecast back in 1985. “For many years I’ve dreamt of bringing Red Nose Day to the U.S., and I’m so excited that we’ve teamed up with NBC, who will do such a brilliant job on this,” said Curtis who will be involved in the US special as an executive producer. “Experience has taught me how extraordinarily compassionate and generous Americans can be, and I’ve lived my life in awe of American comedy talent. So putting those two things together will, I hope, create an amazing event that will make a massive difference to the lives of millions of children and their families in the U.S. and in the poorest countries around the world.”
“It is a distinct honor to have our Red Nose Day efforts aimed toward assisting these exceptionally worthwhile charities,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programing, NBC Entertainment. “Our goal is to create an extraordinary broadcast that is entertaining while inspiring a level of goodwill and giving that will dramatically change the lives of those with the most immediate need.”
The U.S. Red Nose Day special will feature content created by Funny or Die along with sketches, musical acts, and stand-up comedians.
-By Rebecca Murray
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