NBC’s Red Nose Day to Start with a Ben Stiller-Produced Celebrity Escape Room

Published on March 3, 2020

Red Nose Day is only two short months away. Again, NBC has big plans for their annual three-hour primetime charity special, which is a part of a national fundraiser campaign to end child poverty. Executive produced by Ben Stiller and hosted by Jack Black, the night will begin with a spin on an escape room.

Celebrity Escape Room

Imagine a real, life and death Celebrity Escape Room. Wouldn’t that be a unique spin on The Running Man? Well, that’s not what NBC is doing, but maybe one year in the far off future, right? The three-hour special will begin with an hour “celebrity escape room,” starring Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Adam Scott. The game “combines the drama and tension of a real-life video game with the side-splitting allure of the ultimate party game.”

Music, Shorts, and Entertainment

Following the hour of escape room, there will be two more hours of live music and other forms of entertainment. Most important of all, the short films about children living in poverty and how the funds create positive change for them. Most of the night sounds like good fun, especially with Stiller involved on the creative side of things. 


The campaign kicks off on April 13th when red noses go on sale at Wallgreens across the country. The noses will be available in 9,000 stories. All net proceeds will go to the Red Nose Day Fund. As for Wallgreens, they’ll donate 50 cents from each nose sold to Comic Relief. 

In a statement, Paul Teledgy, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, expressed his support for the program: 

“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. 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.”

Alison Moore, CEO of Comic Relief US, added: 

“Through the power of laughter and entertainment, Red Nose Day serves as a galvanizing force, rallying Americans to come together to end child poverty,” “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.”

More to Know About Red Nose Day

Funds will go to domestic and international programs. The funds will try to ensure children are safe, healthy, and educated. So far, Red Nose Day has been incredibly successful since it began in the United States. In the last five years, Red Nose Day has generated $200 million and helped the lives of almost 25 million children. Please donate anytime. 

The day is creating positive change all over the world, notably in classrooms. Red Nose Day in School is a particularly beautiful day. The day is meant to teach children to have greater empathy at a younger age. According to Red Nose CEO Alison Moore, it’s for the greater good: 

Teachers play a critical role in shaping kids’ experiences and their outlook on the world. Empathy and social-emotional learning are powerful lessons for the classroom as well as in life, and we are incredibly proud to support so many amazing teachers with this program.”

So far, 160,000 teachers have used Red Nose Day in their teachings. To date, four million students have been taught these lessons about empathy. Keep fighting the ultimate good fight, Red Nose Day.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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