The Red Nose Day Special

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The Red Nose Day Special

Red Nose Day, the national fundraising campaign to end child poverty, returned to NBC with a night of special primetime programming on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Hosted by Chris Hardwick and broadcast live from Rockefeller Plaza, “The Red Nose Day Special” featured great comedy, entertainment and short compelling films that shed light on children in need. Jack Black, Kelly Clarkson, Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Sasheer Zameta, Marlon Wayans and Retta appeared in the sketch “First Time," in which they cheekily share memories around the first time they ever donated. Jennifer Garner and Tony Hale provided viewers a cure to selfishness in a sketch called “Ad for Giving,” while Hardwick helps Jack McBryer find money to donate that he didn’t even know he had in a series of escalating and ridiculous stunts. Finally, Lauren Graham travelled to Puerto Rico to share stories of children hit hard by Hurricane Maria, with Julia Roberts, Ed Sheeran, Minnie Driver and Connie Britton also bringing viewers stories of children in need around the world — and sharing how funds raised by Red Nose Day can help.

Money raised in Red Nose Day’s first three years in America has positively impacted the lives of more than 8 million children here and around the world; the addition of this year’s total will make a difference for millions more. The Red Nose Day campaign was honoured this week with a prestigious Impact Award at the annual Cynopsis Social Good Awards, and a coveted Halo Award, honoring excellence in corporate social responsibility and cause marketing.

Red Nose Day was created by Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer-director Richard Curtis, (“Love Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”). It has raised more than $1 billion globally since its launch 30 years ago in the U.K., in 1988.

Richard Curtis is an executive producer for the live NBC telecast (a Universal Television production), along with John Irwin of Irwin Entertainment, and Lily Sobhani.
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