Ironically, as we (as in, Tellyspotting) head to Liverpool today for the 2015 BBC Showcase, news came down that the mind palace creation of Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry back in 1985, Red Nose Day, is coming to America. The U.K.’s #1 fundraiser event which takes over the BBC every two years for a night of comedy and all that entails, will make it’s way to the shores of the U.S. on NBC in May 2015. Curtis’ vision was designed to build upon the foundation that mass media and celebrities can help raise money and awareness of poverty to save and change millions of lives. Needless to say, it has not only raised hundreds of millions of pounds in the U.K. over the years, it has been responsible for some of the most drop-dead funny skits in the history of comedy.
Red Nose Day‘s American cousin will be executive produced by Curtis and will be broadcast live in front of a television audience and, like its U.K. counterpart, will include individual stand-up performances, sketch comedy, parodies, live music and short films about the cause. At this point, participants have not been identified nor have the charities it will raise money for. If it’s anything like the past and present U.K. Red Nose Day broadcasts, it will definitely return NBC to ‘must-see-tv’ status…at least for one night, anyway.
Check back with us this week as we report from Liverpool with clips and notes on what will be coming your way telly-wise both on PBS and BBC in the coming year. Cheers!