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NBC gears up for its inaugural 'Red Nose Day' comedy special

The three-hour comedy special from the U.K. makes its American debut tonight

(Coldplay Official)

America, meet the next hilarious British import to hit the small screen.

Red Nose Day, the biggest televised fundraising event in the U.K., will air its American version tonight during a three-hour, celebrity-studded special on NBC. The benefit will aid 12 different charity organizations designed to help people living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world.

The event, hosted by Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski, will feature plenty of comedy and video sketches from the biggest names in Hollywood, from Will Ferrell and Jodie Foster to Neil Patrick Harris and Julia Roberts.

Other celebrities confirmed to participate include Benedict Cumberbatch, Kit Harington and other Game of Thrones cast members, Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin Short, John Krasinski and more. 

Some of the events will happen live, others will be taped video shorts produced by Funny or Die. There will also be plenty of musical guests—Coldplay and Ed Sheeran are just a few partaking.

The special will also feature short films to shed light on those in need—Jack Black traveled to Uganda to visit kids living on the street, while Blake Shelton visited a mobile health clinic in Alabama.

 “I was out there as a reporter, just sort of letting people know what the situation was like in some of these poverty-stricken areas, and where their money would be going” Jack Black told reporters at a press event about his participation. “It was a lot different that going and doing a movie strictly for laughs.”

Founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis, the writer and director of films like Notting Hill and Four Weddings and Funeral, Red Nose Day has raised millions in the past in the U.K.

“It was really surprisingly successful,” Curtis told reporters. “It’s massively tempting when you think, ‘Well if I can do this, I’ll raise $1,000,’ and you think, ‘Well it’s $1,000; that’s 250 malaria nets. It’s an unbelievable reward for quite a simple action.’”

Curtis also says the audience should be impressed with the level of talent partaking in tonight’s show. “We’ve just been shooting with Reese Witherspoon, Zac Efron, Liam Neeson, and Richard Gere,” he told reporters. “There’s going to be a broad variety of people we wouldn’t dream of getting in the U.K.”

 Red Nose Day will air tonight at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

 

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