The 6th annual Red Nose Day is here. The event provides a mix of celebrities and fundraising and will kick off with a special “Celebrity Escape Room” that features Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Adam Scott. The 3-hour event will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 21.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch Red Nose Day on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device:
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NBC (live in most markets) is one of the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the show live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most new shows on-demand within three days (and sometimes longer) of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.
NBC (live in most markets) is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies. You can watch immediately with a seven-day free trial:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the show live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which includes most shows after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
NBC (live in select markets) is one of 47 live-TV channels included in Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” bundle. It costs $20 for the first month ($30 per month after that), which makes Sling the cheapest streaming service with NBC if you plan on keeping it long term:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the show live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
Red Nose Day Preview
Red Nose Day was started in 1985 by comedy writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry. The day is celebrated in the U.K., typically in March. To date, the holiday has raised more than $1 billion.
This year’s Red Nose Day will work a bit differently. Not only are thousands going to tune in from the comfort of their homes in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but the show will start with a one-hour “Celebrity Escape Room” special from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Red Nose Day special will then air from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For those tuning in for the first time, Red Nose Day brings together Comic Relief and Walgreens. The campaign raises money to alleviate child poverty. Specifically, half the funds raised from the day goes to domestic programs for kids in the U.S. to provide healthcare, nutrition, and education, reports Parade. The other half goes to in-need communities in Latin America, South America, Africa, and Asia.
Typically, people celebrate Red Nose Day by wearing a red nose that is sold in stores across the U.S. This year, as the Red Nose Day website points out, Walgreens will not be selling Red Noses. Instead, you can unlock a digital Red Nose by making an online donation here.
The Red Nose Day website reads, “Share your Red Nose selfie with family and friends to show your generous support for the campaign and your commitment to help end child poverty. Now, more than ever, we need to help support children in need as they face increased challenges amid school closures, interruptions in family income and much more.”
In a statement to Parade, Walgreens President Richard Ashworth said, ““Red Nose Day has always been about celebrating kindness and caring, and our commitment to support children in need is more urgent than ever before,” Walgreens president Richard Ashworth told Parade.com, “The digital Red Nose is a simple and safe way for people to provide immediate support to the children and communities that are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 health pandemic, especially at a time when physical distance makes traditional ways of helping difficult.”
Some celebrities in this year’s show include Ray Romano, Bryan Cranston, Lilly Singh, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Sam Smith, Ben Stiller, Meghan Trainor, James Taylor, and Steve Martin.
The three-hour special will begin at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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