Richard Curtis takes Red Nose Day to the US

US network NBC says it will air a three-hour Comic Relief fundraiser in May

Writer and Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis is taking Red Nose Day across the Atlantic with a three-hour American live fundraiser.


He will act as executive producer for the show which is expected to line up top US comedy talent and music stars for the May broadcast on NBC.

The programme will raise money for what the network called “established” charities working in both the United States and abroad.

“I am incredibly proud that NBCUniversal is broadcasting Red Nose Day,” network executive Paul Telegdy said in a statement. “Once in a while in our jobs, we get to do things that can change lives and entertain at the same time.”

Founded in 1985 by Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry, the UK Comic Relief has raised more than £750m for good causes in the UK and abroad, mainly on the back of the bienniel TV telethons.

Curtis’ wife and Red Nose Day director Emma Freud revealed on Twitter that she was “overjoyed” at the news and claimed that the US deal had been in the works for ten years.


An HBO event called Comic Relief has aired on US cable network since 1986 but the US charity, Comic Relief US, is not affiliated with the UK Comic Relief or Red Nose Day.