Comedy Performances to Take Stage in Effort to Raise Awareness for the
Immediate Needs of Children and Young People in Poverty
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (March 18, 2015) —Save
the Children has been chosen by NBC and the “Red Nose Day” organization to be
one of 12 poverty-fighting non-profits that will benefit from its three-hour comedy
television event in May.
will televise its “Red Nose Day” special on Thursday, May 21, from 8 to 11
p.m., in front of a live audience. Stand-up acts, sketch comedy, parodies and
music performances from A-list artists will all be part of the telecast.
Nose Day has become a British institution, and we are excited that Save the
Children is a non-profit partner of the first U.S. version," said Carolyn
Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "This will be a great
chance to share a laugh and further support around our efforts to ensure all
kids have a healthy start in life, an education and protection from harm."
money raised during Red Nose Day will be used to fund programs that address the
immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S. and
internationally in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The funds will be split
between domestic and international poverty issues. In addition to Save the Children, the other pre-selected
charity partners are: 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
Oxfam America; and United Way.
is a distinct honor to have our Red Nose Day efforts aimed toward assisting
these exceptionally worthwhile charities,” said Paul Telegdy, president,
Alternative and Late Night Programing, NBC Entertainment. “Our goal is to
create an extraordinary broadcast that is entertaining while inspiring a level
of goodwill and giving that will dramatically change the lives of those with
the most immediate need.”
About Red Nose Day
the U.K., Red Nose Day has been going for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural
phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving
and changing lives across the globe. With superstar presenters and comedians,
original sketch comedy, hilarious film parodies, one-off sitcom reunions and
amazing musical performances, it’s no wonder that this program has been one of
the BBC’s highest-rated Friday night shows for many years. Best of all, it’s
raised more than $1 billion in donations so far for organizations addressing
poverty, and shows no signs of slowing down.
actress Sienna Miller, who co-starred in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,”
both recently nominated for best picture Oscars: “Red Nose Day is almost like a
national holiday in the U.K. It’s a day of real excitement as everyone looks
forward to it and the entire country gets involved in some way. I’m thrilled
it’s coming to the U.S.!”
by writer-director Richard Curtis in 1985 (“Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’s
Diary,” “About Time”), the idea of Red Nose Day was built upon the foundation
that mass media and celebrities can help raise money and awareness of poverty
to save and change millions of lives.
many years I've dreamt of bringing Red Nose Day to the U.S.,
and I'm so excited that we've teamed up with NBC, who will do such a
brilliant job on this,” Curtis said. “Experience has taught me how
extraordinarily compassionate and generous Americans can be, and I've lived my
life in awe of American comedy talent. So putting those two things together
will, I hope, create an amazing event that will make a massive difference to
the lives of millions of children and their families in the U.S. and in the
poorest countries around the world.”
will serve as 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 executive
produce. Hamilton is set to direct.
Or Die, the award-winning top destination for comedy on the web, and producer
of high-quality content across numerous platforms, will partner with NBC to
create original content for the special.
stars will be announced at a later date.
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