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The biggest names in television, film and music will come together to have fun and raise money for children in need during NBC's fourth annual "The Red Nose Day Special," airing Thursday, May 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick, the telecast will be broadcast live from Rockefeller
Plaza in New York City.
NBC's three-hour star-studded night of Red Nose Day programming will also include the second annual edition of "Celebrity Ninja Warrior
for Red Nose Day" at 8 p.m.and a special episode of "Hollywood Game Night" airing at 9 p.m.
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 will include 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., will help 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 will make special appearances in hilarious comedy sketches during the telecast. Talent will entertain and educate viewers, while encouraging them to get involved and support the cause.
"The Red Nose Day Special" host Chris Hardwick, "American Ninja
Warrior" hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila and "Hollywood Game Night" host Jane Lynch will participate in live check-ins with audiences throughout the night, seamlessly tying together all three hours of primetime programming while encouraging viewers to donate to the cause. The three hosts will also appear together for a live comedy moment during the telecast with "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Ellie Kemper joining in.
Red Nose Day is an annual event that harnesses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty in America
and around the world. Since launching 2015, the campaign has raised over $100 million, positively impacting over 8.3 million children. NBC's Red Nose Day programming is a culmination of a seven-week fundraising campaign that brings together millions of Americans around the country to have fun and make a difference. The campaign's iconic Red Noses are on sale exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide. Over 8 million of the Red Noses have already been sold, with all profits from all sales benefitting Red Nose Day
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.