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Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day

  • Premiered: 
    May 21, 2015
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the UK annual special Red Nose Day 
  • Subject Matter: Philanthropy/Fundraiser
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Plot Synopsis

An annual event in the U.K. that has raised more than $1 billion over the last 30 years, RED NOSE DAY made its debut in the United States in 2015. This night of comedy, music and guest stars raises money to help lift children out of poverty in America and in some of the poorest communities in the world. Red Nose Day has raised almost $150 million in its first four years in the U.S., positively impacting the lives of over 16 million children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the most underserved communities around the world.

For America's inaugural event, Seth Meyers, David Duchovny, and Jane Krakowski each host one hour of the three-hour live program from New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. RED NOSE 2015, airing on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape), features videos produced by Funny Or Die, music performances, guest stars, and short appeals films shedding light on those in need. Over 100 stars are scheduled to participate, including Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban, Christian Slater, Al Roker, Andy Cohen, Kellan Lutz, Kermit the Frog, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Black, Michelle Rodriguez, Julianne Moore, Pharrell, One Direction, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, John Krasinski, Zac Efron, Nick Cannon, Rose Byrne, Cheryl Burke, Jeff Dye, SNL cast members Jay Pharoah, Colin Jost & Michael Che, and more.

On Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT, NBC premiered the 2nd annual RED NOSE DAY, which is hosted by Craig Ferguson. Featuring comedy, music and more, 2016 RED NOSE DAY features these celebrities: Jay Leno, Celine Dion, Connie Britton, Mel B, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Vince Vaughn, Bono, Jane Lynch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Goldblum, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Dax Shepard, Mayim Bialik, Jay Pharaoh and Trevor Noah are also appearing in the FUN-raising special, along with Iwan Rheon, Chris Hardwick, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, David Morrissey, Jon Daly, Margot Robbie, Kate Micucci, Malin Akerman, Tony Hale, Grace Helbig, Ellen DeGeneres, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Ellie Kemper, along with Kristen Bell, Rose Byrne, Emma Thompson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Adam Devine and Ron Funches.

RED NOSE DAY 2017 premiered on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 10-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on NBC, completing the night's three-hour entertainment. This one-hour special, hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick, is broadcast live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in support of the Red Nose Day charity campaign. Stars appearing include Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Orlando Bloom, Yvette Nicole Brown, Patrick Dempsey, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Bear Grylls, Mark Hamill, Matt Iseman, DJ Khaled, Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd, Dax Shepard, Bryan Cranston, Mindy Kaling, Matt Lauer, Rachel McAdams, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Al Roker, Ben Stiller and Kenan Thompson along with THIS IS US cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones. Shedding light on kids in need, Julia Roberts will visit Africa and Paul Rudd visits rural Maine to show how children's lives can be changed and saved by Red Nose Day funds. The special also features "Red Nose Day Actually," the much-anticipated reunion sequel to LOVE ACTUALLY, catching up with cast members from the beloved holiday film, including Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy.

RED NOSE DAY 2018 premiered on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 10-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on NBC, completing the night's three-hour entertainment. Earlier in the night, NBC debuted Red Nose Day special editions of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8pm) and HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (10pm). Hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick, the telecast broadcasts live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Stars joining the special in support of the annual Red Nose Day charity campaign include Jack Black, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Bell, Kelly Clarkson, Julia Roberts, Ed Sheeran, Marlon Wayans, Sean Hayes, Ellie Kemper, Zooey Deschanel, Tony Hale, Sasheer Zamata, Jane Lynch, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Matt Iseman and Jack McBrayer. Funds raised support programs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the poorest communities internationally to ensure that children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy and educated. The one-hour special includes Kelly Clarkson visiting a local elementary school to celebrate students who are raising money for Red Nose Day, while helping them realize their power to make a difference and inspire positive change for children who are in need. Clarkson will visit a third-grade classroom, attend a Red Nose Day Rally and participate in a student-run fair featuring fun and creative activities to raise funds for Red Nose Day. Clarkson and the kids will team up to shine a light on all of the amazing students who make a difference. Julia Roberts shares the story of Devine, a little boy who lives in Liberia who suffered from severe malnutrition. Thanks to donations to Red Nose Day, he has the chance at a healthy childhood. Ed Sheeran, a long-time supporter of Red Nose Day in both the U.K. and U.S., helps to highlight the issues facing so many homeless children around the world who are living without access to education or safe shelter -- and how Red Nose Day funds can help. In addition, Kristen Bell, Jack Black, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Garner, Zooey Deschanel, Tony Hale, Sean Hayes, Marlon Wayans, Sasheer Zamata and Jack McBrayer make special appearances in hilarious comedy sketches during the telecast. Throughout the night viewers, while being entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference and keeping kids safe, healthy and educated.

Hosted by Terry Crews, RED NOSE DAY 2019 premiered on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC. In addition to the music performances by Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Sting accompanied by Dave Aude & Andrew Kierszenbaum, Josh Groban, and more, the 5th annual event also features SNL stars Michael Che, Colin Jost and Kate McKinnon appearing in a sketch. Plus, Lilly Singh also showcases her comedic stylings and TV and film favorites Connie Britton and Julia Roberts make appearances throughout the evening. Daryl Hall and John Oates join the special for the video reimagining of their iconic hit "You Make My Dreams" along with an star-studded lineup of talent from all walks of the industry, including Skylar Astin, Stephanie Beatriz, Paul Blackthorne, Connie Britton, Justin Cornwell, Terry Crews , Yaya DaCosta, Josh Dallas, Harriet Dyer, Gloria Estefan, Melissa Fumero, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager, Tony Hale, Zuri Hall, Matt Iseman, Jane Levy, Damian Lewis, Howie Mandel, Reba McEntire, Stephen Merchant, Carey Mulligan, Jamie Oliver, Kal Penn, Retta, Julia Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Melissa Roxburgh, Amanda Seales, Lilly Singh, Ben Stiller, Mary Steenburgen, Chrissy Teigen, Eamonn Walker and Susan Kelechi Watson. The extensive group of A-listers joins the previously announced Rob Gronkowski, Julianne Hough and Chrissy Metz.
RED NOSE DAY 2020, co-hosted by Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley, premiered on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 9-11pm ET/PT on NBC. The two-hour television event raises awareness and life-changing funds for children in need in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the world's poorest communities.

Bryan Cranston, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic, Jim Gaffigan, Ellie Goulding, Tony Hale, Noah Jupe, Mario Lopez, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Ray Romano, Lilly Singh, Sam Smith, James Taylor, Meghan Trainor, Milo Ventimiglia, Adrienne Warren, Julia Roberts, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Paul Rudd, 5 Seconds of Summer, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Garner, Ricky Gervais, Joel McHale, Stephen Merchant, Sarah Silverman and Susan Kelechi-Watson have joined NBC's sixth annual special benefitting the Red Nose Day campaign to help end child poverty.

NBC is celebrating Red Nose Day with an entire evening of special programming, kicking off with "Celebrity Escape Room" at 8 p.m. ET/PT before the "Red Nose Day Special." Ben Stiller brings the fun and excitement of escape rooms to television, serving as executive producer along with Jack Black, with both also starring in the high-energy, hilarious show with Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott. Jack Black is host and the all-knowing "Game Master," who puts his celebrity friends to the test as they work together under intense pressure to beat the clock, unlocking a series of surprising puzzle rooms to ultimately engineer their great escape in this uproarious and heart-pounding adventure. "Celebrity Escape Room" will air a repeat on Friday, May 22 from 8-9 p.m.

Children living in poverty who needed help before the COVID-19 health crisis need help now more than ever. With millions of families under increased economic stress due to illness, lost jobs and business closures, and schools being shut down, the mission of the Red Nose Day campaign is more urgent than ever to ensure that vulnerable children have access to food, housing, health care, education and more. Throughout the Red Nose Day campaign, funds raised are being directed to address the impact of COVID-19 on children living in poverty and the organizations supporting them.

In light of the health crisis, Red Nose Day's iconic Red Noses will not be sold in Walgreens stores this year. Instead, Red Nose Day and Walgreens teamed up to create this year's new digital Red Nose that offers an easy, fun way for the public to participate in the annual campaign, even while staying at home. Supporters can go to to donate and unlock their own digital Red Nose and share their #NosesOn selfies on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to show their support for children in need, and encourage others to donate. People can also support the cause by organizing virtual fundraising events with friends, co-workers or community members, and tuning in to donate and watch the star-studded night of programming.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Universal Television


  • Hammerstein Ballroom - Manhattan, New York USA - Map It!
  • Rockefeller Plaza - Manhattan, New York USA