NBC’s Special Night of Red Nose Day Programming to Lead with Star-Studded Celebrity Escape Room
March 9, 2020 By Chris B.
Ben Stiller is bringing the phenomenon of escape rooms to television in spectacularly over-the-top style with “Celebrity Escape Room.”
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Comic Relief US’s Red Nose Day is set to return for its sixth year in the U.S. in 2020, to raise money and awareness for the millions of children who are living in poverty across America and around the world. Bringing its unique blend of fun and fundraising, the multi-week campaign will culminate on Thursday, May 21, with an action-packed, three-hour block of Red Nose Day programming at 8-11pm ET/PT, only on NBC.
Kicking off the night at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Ben Stiller is bringing the phenomenon of escape rooms to television in spectacularly over-the-top style with “Celebrity Escape Room.” Stiller and Jack Black serve as executive producers and participants in the one-hour show featuring a cast of A-listers immersed in the hilariously high-energy, no-holds-barred escape. Following “Celebrity Escape Room,” the two-hour “Red Nose Day Special” will feature the biggest names across entertainment with a packed lineup of music, comedy and short documentary films that will educate and engage viewers.
Joining Stiller for the game-play are comedy stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott. Jack Black is host and the all-knowing “Game Master,” who puts his celebrity friends to the test as they work together under intense pressure to beat the clock, unlocking a series of surprising puzzle rooms to ultimately engineer their great escape in this uproarious and heart-pounding adventure.
Tapping into the wildly popular escape room craze, “Celebrity Escape Room” combines the drama and tension of a real-life video game with the side-splitting allure of the ultimate party game. All highly competitive with killer instincts, Stiller, Cox, Kudrow and Scott will work together and channel their inner Sherlocks to decipher clues and solve puzzles, brainstorm for solutions and combine their comedic talents to ultimately gain their freedom before time runs out.
When stumped they may only ask the Game Master for three clues to help them escape their complete isolation from the outside world. Each room that the players complete earns money to be donated to Red Nose Day.
In addition to Stiller, “Celebrity Escape Room” will be executive produced by Black, Christine Taylor, Nicky Weinstock, Amiira Ruotolo-Behrent and Lee Metzger (“The Voice”). The show is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Red Hour Productions.
After the escape room extravaganza, the annual two-hour “Red Nose Day Special” will follow with an entertainment showcase featuring music, comedy and poignant films. The films will share stories of children and young people who have been affected by poverty and how Red Nose Day funds have helped change their story for good.
“Kicking off with Ben Stiller’s hilarious ‘Celebrity Escape Room,’ NBC’s Red Nose Day lineup is the perfect vehicle to help drive this year’s fundraising efforts,” said Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We are privileged to continue our support of this incredible cause in partnership with our amazing friends at Comic Relief US as we work together on behalf of children in need around the world.”
“Through the power of laughter and entertainment, Red Nose Day serves as a galvanizing force, rallying Americans to come together to end child poverty,” said Alison Moore, CEO of Comic Relief US. “Together with our incredible partners and celebrity supporters, we are working to change the story for good for millions of children in the U.S. and around the world.”
The multi-week Red Nose Day activation launches on Monday, April 13 when the campaign’s official Red Noses go on sale exclusively at Walgreens locations nationwide in more than 9,000 stores across the country. All net proceeds from Red Nose sales go directly to the Red Nose Day Fund*.
“Walgreens is thrilled to once again be the exclusive retail partner of Red Nose Day and a strong supporter of Comic Relief,” said Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Since Red Nose Day first began in 2015, Walgreens customers and our 230,000 team members have come together to purchase Red Noses in their communities that help provide children in need with resources to live safe and healthy lives. We look forward to working with our local communities this spring to make this year’s Red Nose Day another success.”
In addition to NBC and Walgreens, Mars Wrigley Confectionery and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have once again pledged their support for Red Nose Day 2020 as core partners of the campaign. For the sixth year in a row, Mars Wrigley Confectionery and the M&M’S® brand are donating $1 million to Red Nose Day as national partners of the campaign and as part of “Celebrity Escape Room”, will contribute all money raised by the players over the course of the episode that evening.
Funds raised through Red Nose Day are split evenly between domestic and international programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, addressing both the short term needs of children living in poverty and helping break the cycle to foster long term change for a better future. Children and young people who benefit from Red Nose Day-supported programs span all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the poorest communities across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Since launching in the US in 2015, Red Nose Day has raised $200 million and positively impacted the lives of nearly 25 million children.
*Between April 13 and May 30, 2020, Walgreens will donate $0.50 from each Red Nose sold to Comic Relief.
About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day USA is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief US, also known as Comic Relief, Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised over $1 billion since the campaign’s founding in 1988.
Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to end child poverty, and has raised $200 million to date. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in America and around the world. Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information about Red Nose Day USA and its impact, visit www.rednoseday.org. Follow @RedNoseDayUSA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About Comic Relief US
Comic Relief US, also known as Comic Relief, Inc., is a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. It harnesses the power of entertainment to drive positive change to help those who need it most in America and around the world. Campaigns include Red Nose Day, Idol Gives Back, and Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. For more information about Comic Relief US and its impact, visit www.comicrelief.org. Follow @comicreliefus on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.