Sneak Peek at Chris Hardwick & More Stars in NBC’s ‘Red Nose Day Special’ 2018


TV Insider is pleased to be the first to show you the promotional key art for the 2018 installment of NBC’s The Red Nose Day Special, which again will feature celebrities lending their support to the Red Nose Day charitable efforts by entertaining viewers as they also raise awareness and funds to combat childhood poverty in the United States and worldwide.

As we also broke earlier this month, Chris Hardwick will return to host the special, which caps off an evening of Red Nose Day-themed NBC shows including Celebrity Ninja Warrior and Hollywood Game Night.

Take a full, exclusive look at the Red Nose Day Special key art below to see Hardwick and other participating celebrities getting their “Noses On” for this year’s event, which airs on NBC May 24:

Courtesy of NBC

“They do such a great job putting the show together and so many people jump onboard and want to play around, so the special itself has a really nice range of emotions. It’s really fun and it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but then obviously, it can be very touching and dramatic and beautiful, and so it’s just a great thing to be involved with,” Hardwick told us.

“This is not a political issue. It’s a human issue. Anytime a child is hungry or feels unloved or is not taken care of, that’s a crime against nature. One of the things that [celebrities] can do with the gift that we’re given by having these megaphones is to help build awareness for things that people should be aware of and be paying attention to. I can’t think of many causes that are as universal and as pressing as children.”

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The 2018 event will feature a Red Nose Day-themed three-hour block of NBC programming.

Since 2015, Red Nose Day has raised over $100 million to help children in America and around the world via money distributed to grantee partners like Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Children’s Health Fund, Covenant House, Feeding America, Laureus Sport for Good, Save the Children and charity: water.

Here are just a few of the services that were provided:

32.2 Million Meals

From meals for children to take home for a weekend to the after-school Kids Cafes, millions of meals have been provided.

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850,000 Children Received Educational Support

Educational programs helped children in literacy and numeracy, along with providing tutoring, mentorship and classroom supplies.

6.7 Million Children Received Medical Services

In the U.S., Red Nose Day assists low-income and homeless children with medical services. Internationally, the money goes toward providing life-saving vaccines, such as those that protect against polio, rotavirus and malaria.

If you’d like to help with these efforts, you can call the number shown during the telecast, make a donation online at or buy a red nose at Walgreens. All money raised goes directly to the efforts.

And be sure to put on that red nose and spread the word!

Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day, Thursday, May 24, 8/7c, NBC

Hollywood Game Night Red Nose Day edition, Thursday, May 24, 9/8c, NBC

The Red Nose Day Special, Thursday, May 24, 10/9c, NBC


**Additional reporting by Barb Oates.