Many of you must have seen these ads for Red Nose Day and wondered what the heck this is all about we’ll let me try and break it down for you. First off it’s a great movement!! The inaugural Red Nose Day will be held in the US on May 21st, 2015. People across the country will come together to have fun and raise funds and awareness. The day’s events will culminate in a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars—it’s a show not to be missed! Watch it on NBC!
This all started when director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) started Comic Relief to help fund children’s charities in Africa and the UK.
I discovered this charity when I lived in the UK in 1989 and 1990 and was pleasantly surprised by how the entire country got involved with Comic Relief and Red Nose Day holding charity events all over the country. I still have my red nose!! See photo above.
In the office I worked at in London, we kidnapped our boss and asked that everyone in the office donate money to bring him back. Lucky for him they did, many would have paid us to keep him away. The entire country seemed to have gotten involved which just blew my mind. People sat in baked beans, shaved their heads and ran marathons to name a few crazy antics. In the last few years celebrities like Eddie Izzard have taken on personal challenges like running 50 marathons and David Williams swam the English channel. I always wondered why we couldn’t do something similar in the US looks like we are finally going to get our chance. Matt Lauer is riding bike from Boston to New York to start.
The real highlight of the Comic Relief program is that many high profile celebrities get involved making very funny parody videos of the top shows. Check out some of the funniest videos from over the years from the likes of Ricky Gervais, James Cordon and the Downton Abbey cast parody. Check out the rest on YOUTUBE.
James Corden and George Michael video from 2011 is truly the best!
Ricky Gervais Comic Relief 2007 Red Nose Day with Stephen Merchant, Bono, Jamie Oliver and more.
Uptown Downstairs Abbey Part One – Red Nose Day 2011 – BBC Comic Relief Night
Here’s information on the charity.
There are a handful of charities that the money goes to which include Save the Children, Feed America, Boys & Girls Club and more. Check out ways for you to donate money and have fun doing it. First start off by buying a nose or more ideas on how to make money.
Join in the fun and start planning how you can help support Red Nose Day in your community! It’s so easy and the opportunities are endless. Check out our Fundraising page for ideas!
Charities include and more: