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What is Red Nose Day? You may wonder why your social media feeds are featuring people, including celebrities, wearing red noses today. Don’t worry, you’re not late to a new fashion trend, it’s just National Red Nose Day today! In honor of this special day, we are going to serve as your Red Nose Day wiki.

What Is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day is an annual fundraiser that helps raise money and awareness for children living in poverty around the world while still making it fun for everyone. It’s famous for using a signature red clown nose to help spread awareness, gaining publicity through the use of celebrities (mainly actors) on TV and social media.

When Was the First Red Nose Day?

The first Red Nose Day started in the U.K. by the British charity Comic Relief in 1988. It was launched as a national Day of Comedy before later changing its name to Red Nose Day. The concept was the idea of Wendy Crossman, the fundraising director of Comic Relief. The day culminated into a telethon on BBC, starting from the evening and into the early hours of the morning.

Comic Relief was founded in 1985 by screenwriter, director, and producer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia. Since then, it has grown into a global fundraiser that helps children who are in need around the world.

What Does Red Nose Day Mean?

Most have probably been wondering why the red nose? The red nose is simple and universal: wearing a red nose is seen as funny and fun mostly thanks to their being worn by clowns. Sharing a laugh brings people together, and wearing a red nose is a way for people to connect through the gift of humor.

Red Nose Day is all about bringing people together and being there for each other in times of great need. Many of the children in need are suffering from poverty, lack of food, and homelessness. The fun of the events surrounding the day is to make the fundraising more enjoyable while raising awareness and help those who need it most.

NBC’s Red Nose Day Special

Tonight, (May 26), NBC is airing The Red Nose Day Special, hosted by talk show host Craig Ferguson. The special will run from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST. The star-studded show will include 65 celebrities, including Julia Roberts, Elton John, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, and Paul Rudd to name a few. Past supporters include music stars One Direction and Nick Canon, who have used their celebrity to help those in need.

The special features Julia Roberts’ recent trip to Phoenix to visit the projects that take care of children with serious health issues and lack the basic medical resources. Jack Black went to Uganda last year to explore the issue of children living in poverty. The special also features Chris Bridges making a visit to a food bank in Atlanta and a school where half the kids are living below the poverty line.

Music will also take the stage with both Elton John and Blake Shelton singing special songs for the night. Tracy Morgan will also be lending his comedic talent for the night, because what better way to laugh out loud than with the one and only Tracy Morgan?

Red Nose Day has become a cultural phenomenon and has raised over $1.0 billion worldwide in the last 25 years. It launched in 2015 in the U.S. as a way to help others and laugh together while making a difference to kids who need help the most.