NBC is going to need seven more clown noses: Rose Byrne, Nick Cannon, Cheryl Burke, Jeff Dye and “Saturday Night Live” Cast Members Jay Pharaoh, Colin Jost and Michael Che have joined charity event “Red Nose Day,” TheWrap has learned exclusively.
Airing Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, the special will bring together a ton of Hollywood stars in an effort to raise money for children living in poverty in the U.S. and throughout the world. The enormously popular event in the U.K. has raised more than $1 billion for charity over the last 30 years; this is the first year it’s come stateside.
In addition to comedy, videos produced by Funny Or Die, music performances and over 70 top talent, the benefit event will also feature short appeals films that shed light on those in need: Jack Black traveled 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.
Previously announced stars slated to appear in the special include Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell, Adam Levine, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Kendrick, Simon Cowell and many more.
Richard Curtis is an executive producer for the NBC telecast (a Universal Television production), along with Hamish Hamilton and Ian Stewart of Done + Dusted Productions. Henrietta Conrad and Lily Sobhani will also serve as executive producers, as will Mike Farah, Anna Wenger and Joe Farrell from Funny Or Die. Hamilton will direct.
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