America is stealing from the U.K. and it’s for a great cause. The U.S. is celebrating it’s first Red Nose Day this coming May 21st.
Red Nose Day started in England as a way for the country to come together to help multiple programs and charities that support impoverished children, and other children in need in the U.K. and around the world. NBC is borrowing on that theme and putting together a benefit event featuring stand-up, sketch comedy, music performances, and compelling short films about the cause and some of the individual children that Red Nose Day will help in this country and around the world. Funny or Die is also part of Red Nose Day, providing special content for the May 21st show.
NBC promises some of the biggest names in comedy, film, music and television for the 3 hour show. So far the list of performers announced for the special Red Nose Day event include Cheryl Hines, John Legend, Sam Smith, Cedric the Entertainer, Niecy Nash, Jane Lynch, Gina Rodriguez, Kevin Nealon and Justin Long.
NBC will kick off the 24 hours leading up to Red Nose Day with a “Red Nose Day Danceathon with Nick Cannon”. The day before Red Nose Day, the host of “America’s Got Talent” will be streaming live on NBC.com in his attempt to dance for 24 hours straight to pay tribute to America’s first annual Red Nose Day.
The Red Nose Campaign is currently underway in the U.S. leading up to the May 21st event. Walgreens is a partner with NBC in Red Nose Day and is currently selling red noses to help with the benefit. The charities named that will receive aid from the Red Nose Day fundraising include Save the Children, 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, and the United Way.