May 25 marks NBC's third annual celebration of Red Nose Day. The network is running a special night of programming supporting the campaign. Red Nose Day, started by the organization Comic Relief, aims to raise awareness and funds for children in need worldwide.
Since the first Red Nose Day in the U.K. in 1988, the biggest names in entertainment, from Jack Black to Ed Sheeran to Julia Roberts, have created short films to help spread the word. So, before you tune in to NBC's special at 8 p.m. EST, check out these incredible videos.
Want to catch up with the characters of "Love Actually" after all these years? Good news! This year's special will include a sequel to the holiday film called, appropriately, "Red Nose Day Actually."
Earlier this year, Ed Sheeran visited Liberia to connect with children whose lives were impacted by the country's Ebola outbreak. While there he met Bill, "a perfect example of someone that has been helped by Red Nose Day." This video makes clear what viewer donations can actually do.
Sheeran isn't the only celebrity who traveled to Africa for Red Nose Day. In 2015, Jack Black headed to Uganda where he met a boy named Felix. Felix's story illustrates a heartbreaking scenario many children around the world face.
Last year, Ludacris visited a school in Atlanta to take a look at hunger in the U.S.
Many videos focus on serious subjects but Red Nose Day is famous for getting funny, too. In 2001, David and Victoria Beckham dared to be interviewed by Ali G, who grilled the couple about pretty much everything. Check out that interview for a total throwback.
Ricky Gervais faked an African appeal in this Red Nose Day sketch from 2007. In this video, and true to form, Gervais surprised the audience with his audacity!
Coldplay created "Game of Thrones: The Musical" for NBC's first Red Nose Day special in 2015. The first NBC Red Nose Day special aired on May 21, 2015, and raised $23 million for the charity.
Comic Relief and the BBC famously created a spoof of "Downton Abbey" enlisting an incredible amount of stars. It ran as part of the BBC's Red Nose Day coverage in 2011. (Love this video? There's also a part two!)
In this 2011 sketch, Smithy, played by James Corden, is called upon to save Comic Relief. The sketch is famous for inspiring Corden's super popular Carpool Karaoke and features appearances by some of the biggest names in music, including Justin Bieber.
Here's another throwback from 1995 where Dawn French and Hugh Grant raised money with a kiss.
In 2009, a special Red Nose Day edition of "The Vicar of Dibley" featured an appearance by Johnny Depp. The 14 minute clip revolves around Johnny Depp's attendance at a party and the celebrity friends he has in tow.
Ben Stiller anchored "The Red Nose News National News Network" promoting this years show.
Want to get involved?
Be sure to watch NBC's Red Nose Day programming at 8 p.m. EST to learn more about Comic Relief's mission and what you can do to help children around the world. In addition to "Red Nose Day Actually," get ready for "Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day" and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day," the latter of which features Julia Roberts making a trip to Kenya.
If you'd like to make a donation, visit this page to learn exactly what your contribution can do.