Tonight’s live charity event will help kids around the world have a better life, NBC-TV 9pm ET/PT, 8c
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 5/26/2016 – Over 65 stars are participating: in The Red Nose Day Special, a charity special on NBC hosted by Craig Ferguson. This live show helps raise money and awareness for children in need around the world. Money raised this year will will help support projects in some of the neediest communities in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world.
Over 65 stars are participating… Elton John, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Blake Shelton, Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Tracy Morgan and Kobe Bryant, Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Jay Leno, Celine Dion, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Bono, Ellie Kemper, Blake Griffin, Connie Britton, Mel B, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Vince Vaughn and Sarah Silverman will appear in the FUN-raising special, along with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Kristen Bell, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Adam Devine and Ron Funches.
And more… Jane Lynch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Goldblum, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Dax Shepard, Mayim Bialik, Jay Pharaoh and Trevor Noah, along with Iwan Rheon, Chris Hardwick, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, David Morrissey, Jon Daly, Margot Robbie, Kate Micucci, Malin Akerman, Tony Hale and Grace Helbig.
Julia Roberts visits projects in Phoenix taking care of children facing serious health issues, who don’t have the funds afford basic medical treatment. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges goes to school with a food bank in Atlanta where 50% of the students live below the poverty line, and are hungry day-to-day. Jack Black last year went to Uganda where we learned about the three years a boy named Felix lived on the streets. Black reveals what life is like for Felix today after being helped by a program for homeless kids.
Music performances with both Elton John and Blake Shelton performing very special songs. Paul Shaffer directs the Red Nose Orchestra. Elton John has been involved with Red Nose Day for many years starting in the UK. John’s AIDS Foundation has partnered with Red Nose Day to raise awareness and has provided over £5 million to support thousands of children living in extreme poverty in Africa. The children have lost their parents to AIDS. The foundation provides that more than 200,000 pregnant moms living with HIV get the medicine they need to ensure they have HIV-free babies.
Tracy Morgan reads to kids and puts his humorous spin on the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Paul Rudd promises to donate $5,000 for every three-pointer that basketball superstar Blake Griffin makes in three minutes. The Walking Dead cast does a comedy sketch.
Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 as a special day to come together. It raised more than $23 million for the Red Nose Day Fund. The money raised is being used in all 50 states across America and 15 countries in programs to keep children and keep young people safe, healthy and educated.
Created by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director Richard Curtis, (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill). Richard Curtis is an executive producer for the live NBC telecast (a Universal Television production), with John Irwin of Irwin Entertainment, and Lily Sobhani.
Broadcast live from Los Angeles Thursday, May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET).