Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Steve Buscemi, “Undateable’s” Ron Funches and Key & Peele are confirmed for the fundraising telecast, Variety has learned. Additional talent will be announced at a later date.
Red Nose Day will be broadcast live on May 26 at 9 p.m. from Los Angeles.
The special brings Hollywood celebrities together to raise money to help children out of poverty through a telecast special that will feature comedy, music performances and short films shedding light on kids in need. Last year, Red Nose Day raised over $23 million and funds were split among 12 charities. In total, the event has raised more than $1 billion in donations globally.
Last year, talent on board included Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski who each hosted an hour of the program. Julianne Moore, Olivia Wilde and Gwenyth Paltrow were all in attendance. In 2015, the broadcast spanned three hours, though this year it will be two.
Aside from donating during the NBC TV special, people are encouraged to raise money by buying Red Noses, exclusively sold at Walgreens nationwide. The Red Noses sold out last year so this time around, Walgreens is making more products available, including additional red flair such as red hats, headbands, oversized sequin bowties and even Red Noses for cars.
Red Nose Day started in the U.K., before NBC brought the charity event overseas to American air. Launched in 1985 by writer/director Richard Curtis, 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.
Curtis will exec produce NBC’s Red Nose Day, along with John Irwin of Irwin Entertainment and Lily Sobhani. Universal Television is producing.