Red Nose Day 2016: When & What Is Red Nose Day?

Today is a day most of us have probably never even heard of. Red Nose Day is a day that mixes comedy and charity together. The goal of Red Nose Day is to do something funny for money. This campaign raises money in order to put an end to children living in poverty all around the world and so far, the United States alone has raised over $23 million dollars for these children. Many actors, singers, and comedians have participated in this remarkable campaign and can be seen attending the annual Red Nose Day Fund on NBC.

When is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day is taking place on May 26, 2016.

What is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day was started by the British charity, Comic Relief, which was founded by Richard Curtis in 1985. This British charity found that using comedy was an effective way to raise awareness about social and economic problems. Comic Relief also hosted its first live special in 1985 on a refugee camp in Sudan and since then, has hosted multiple live events to raise awareness.

In the upcoming years, Red Nose Day has moved to countries all around the world. Along with the US, Red Nose Day also takes place in Germany, Finland, and Iceland.

The NBC live event will have Hollywood’s biggest stars in attendance. Stars include Julia Roberts, Jay Leno, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Blake Shelton, Paul Rudd, and many more. Tracy Morgan will be doing his own rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Craig Ferguson is set to host the event. Many stars have also done their part to raise money for this event. Last year, Matt Lauer raised over $423,000 riding his bike 226 miles over the course of 5 day. Paul Rudd agreed to donate $5,000 for every three-pointer Blake Griffin made in three minutes.

If you would like to help raise awareness for Red Nose Day, red noses are being sold exclusively at Walgreen stores. If you purchase a red nose today, share a picture of yourself using the hashtag, #RedNoseDay. Walgreens raised over $5 million in profit from red noses last year, and that amount already doubled this year!

Tune in tonight to NBC at 9pm ET/PT to catch this special event.