Congratulations to NBC for raising $21 million dollars for children in poverty during this years first annual “Red Nose Day” in the United States, making it the most charitable special of the 2014/15 tv season.
We helped kick off the event by asking our friends and comedians to put on official red noses to gain awareness for the event. 33 comedians and dozens of IBang readers and supporters helped spread the word with us this year, along with SiriusXM’s flagship comedy show, Bennington. David Steinberg, Kevin Pollak, Artie Lange, Gary Gulman, Keith Robinson, Mike Vecchione, Wyatt Cenac, Jenny McCarthy, Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane, Big Jay Oakerson, Doug Benson, Greer Barnes, Derek Gaines, Jeffrey Gurian, Mark Normand, Yannis Pappas, Andrew Schultz, the Stone Brothers, Sherrod Small, Gregg Rogell, Cipha Sounds, Paul Virzi, Liza Tregyer, Luis J Gomez, Jamie Lissow, Chris Stanley, all five members of the Kids in the Hall plus Maria Bello and Willie Nelson all wore and signed noses as a part of our efforts to raise awareness for this amazing event.
Over 100 hollywood stars participated in the NBC event, including comedians Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Nick Cannon, Jane Krakowski, Seth Meyers and others. Red Nose Day has been a giant fundraiser in the UK for over 30 years, raising a total over over a billion dollars. NBC’s event, hosted by Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski, brought it here to the United States with a three hour event featuring great comedy, videos produced by Funny Or Die, music performances and short films shedding light on those in need.
Jack Black travelled to Africa to visit children in Uganda living on the streets, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of preventable diseases at a hospital. Blake Shelton visited a mobile health clinic in Los Angeles that is providing free, life-changing care to underprivileged children. In Peru, Michelle Rodriguez met children having to work to survive and seeing how projects there are helping them get the education they need.