Red Nose Day, a comedy special that’s been in the U.K. since the late 1980s, and this year it will be coming to the U.S. for a primetime special on NBC airing on Thursday, May 21st at 8pm EST. Judging by the press release, it will feature every popular entertainer alive.
Among them will be the Game of Thrones cast, who will be putting together Game of Thrones: The Musical with the help of Coldplay. This puts people in a difficult position: Will their love of Game of Thrones outweigh their hatred for Coldplay? Personally, I just hope it’s funny, and a Game of Thrones musical has the potential to be really good or fall flat.
For example, here’s Peter Dinklage using all of his charisma to get laughs from a song about characters who have died on the show thus far:
So….yeah. And here’s a video of Coldplay working with the cast—including current and past members—on their numbers, so hopefully the other songs will be a bit funnier:
For more on Red Nose Day and the TV special, read the press release below, and click here to donate.
Red Nose Day, the U.K.’s #1 television fundraising event, is coming to America in a spectacular live star-studded special Thursday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.
Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jodie Foster, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Coldplay and more, are coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives in an incredible “fun-raising” special. Featuring great comedy, videos produced by Funny or Die, incredible music performances and almost 100 of Hollywood’s favorite stars, the benefit event will help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world.
Julianne Moore and Jack Black, will also appear, along with John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Michelle Rodriguez, Gwyneth Paltrow, “Voice” coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams, Richard Gere, Jennifer Garner, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, One Direction, Zac Efron, Helen Mirren, Robert Pattinson, Liam Neeson and Nick Cannon. Sienna Miller, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Leslie Mann, January Jones and Simon Cowell will also be joining the fun, as well as Matt Lauer, Carson Daly, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Eichner, Martin Short, Laura Linney, Anna Kendrick, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, John Michael Higgins, Bill and Melinda Gates, Stephen Merchant, Naomi Campbell, Anna Camp, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, Natalie Morales, Danny Pudi and Rob Huebel.
In addition, Matt LeBlanc, Hugh Bonneville, Dame Diana Rigg, Kyle MacLachlan, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, “Saturday Night Live” cast members Jay Pharaoh, Colin Jost and Michael Che, Hoda Kotb and Gilbert Gottfried are slated to appear, along with Cheryl Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Jeff Dye and Australian comedy sketch trio SketchShe.
The star-studded event for charity will also feature “Game of Thrones” cast members Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Iwan Rheon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Addy, John Bradley, Rose Leslie, Alfie Allen and Charlotte Hope. “Orange Is the New Black” cast members Dascha Polanco, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone, Selenis Leyva, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Jackie Cruz will also be part of the charity special.
A sketch film documenting the creation of “Game of Thrones: The Musical,” written by Coldplay and featuring a number of the HBO show’s cast members, will be one of the many highlights on “Red Nose Day,” along with John Mellencamp and Keith Urban performing “Pink Houses.”
The benefit event will also feature short appeals films that shed light on those in need. Jack Black travelled to Africa to visit children in Uganda living on the streets, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of preventable diseases at a hospital. Blake Shelton visited a mobile health clinic in Los Angeles that is providing free, life-changing care to underprivileged children. In Peru, Michelle Rodriguez met children having to work to survive and saw how projects there are helping them get the education they need.
The money raised during Red Nose Day will be used to fund programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The money will be split between domestic and international poverty issues. The pre-selected charity partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.