Terry Crews host the NBC two hour event
NBC’s “Red Nose Day Special” will feature the biggest names across entertainment with a packed lineup of music, comedy and short documentary films that educate and engage viewers on the cause for the fifth annual event.
Sting, accompanied by Dave Audé & Andrew Kierszenbaum, Josh Groban, John Legend and Chrissy Metz join Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton for highly awaited performances. America’s Got Talent host Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews will host the special. In addition to the music performances, SNL stars Michael Che, Colin Jost and Kate McKinnon will appear in a sketch, and the new host of A Little Late with Lilly Singh, Lilly Singh will also showcase her comedic stylings. TV and film favorites Connie Britton and Julia Roberts will make appearances throughout the evening.
The special will air Thursday, May 23rd from 8-10 pm ET/PT in support of the fifth annual Red Nose Day campaign to end child poverty, which raises funds and awareness to ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated across America and around the world.
Daryl Hall and John Oates join the special for the video re-imagining of their iconic hit “You Make My Dreams” along with an star-studded lineup of talent from all walks of the industry, including Skylar Astin, Stephanie Beatriz, Paul Blackthorne, Connie Britton, Justin Cornwell, Terry Crews , Yaya DaCosta, Josh Dallas, Harriet Dyer, Gloria Estefan, Melissa Fumero, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager, Tony Hale, Zuri Hall, Matt Iseman, Jane Levy, Damian Lewis, Howie Mandel, Reba McEntire, Stephen Merchant, Carey Mulligan, Jamie Oliver, Kal Penn, Retta, Julia Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Melissa Roxburgh, Amanda Seales, Lilly Singh, Ben Stiller, Mary Steenburgen, Chrissy Teigen, Eamonn Walker and Susan Kelechi Watson. The extensive group of A-listers joins the previously announced Rob Gronkowski, Julianne Hough and Chrissy Metz.
The audience will also see compelling short films that shine light on the issue of child poverty, both in America and internationally. Golden Globe Award-winning actor Oscar Isaac will present a story about children living unimaginably tough lives in some of the world’s most poorest communities and, as previously announced, Emmy Award-nominated This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia travels to Nairobi, Kenya to visit life-changing programs supported by Red Nose Day funds. With the support of Connie Britton and John Legend, viewers will also learn about the impact of child poverty right in America, where it affects nearly 13 million children across the country.
Viewers will also have the chance to see the much-anticipated mini-sequel of the iconic Oscar-nominated film Four Weddings and a Funeral, titled One Red Nose Day and a Wedding. The film catches up with the long-adored characters played by Hugh Grant, Andie McDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rowan Atkinson and many more from the original cast, reuniting 25 years after the original release. Joining the reunion sequel will be special guest stars Lily James (Yesterday, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again) and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina), with Grammy Award winner Sam Smith making a cameo appearance. Richard Curtis, who wrote the original film and is the co-founder of Red Nose Day, wrote the new sequel especially in support of the 2019 Red Nose Day fundraising campaign.
The audience can also look forward to a celebration of the real Everyday Heroes that participated in this year’s campaign. The Walgreens Hero High Five challenge was a viral movement encouraging viewers to support Red Nose Day by visiting Walgreens and collecting all five Everyday Hero Red Noses. Walgreens executives, team members, customers and NBCUniversal talent across the portfolio were challenged to compete with a friend to unwrap the blind packages and show off their Hero High Five. These moments were captured on video and shared on social using the hashtag #HeroHighFive. Walgreens will feature a compilation of user-generated submissions to recognize this year’s Everyday Heroes and say thank you for their continued support.
Red Nose Day is an annual event that harnesses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty in America and around the world. The multi-week campaign brings together millions of Americans around the country to have fun and make a difference. Five new Red Noses – the Everyday Heroes – are available exclusively at Walgreens stores nationwide through June 30th, with all profits from sales benefitting Red Nose Day.
Red Nose Day has raised almost $150 million in its first four years in the U.S., positively impacting the lives of over 16 million children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the most underserved communities around the world.