6 Craziest Things We Saw Inside ‘Red Nose Day’

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘I put weird stuff in my ear': Bruce Jenner makes odd confession… but it’s just a bad lip reading skit for Red Nose Day special.

The Oscar-winner’s breathtaking entrance on the live NBC special ended up leaving her literally hanging in air – but of course, being a comedy charity drive, it was all for show.

As a video segment from Keeping Up With The Kardashians played, words were dubbed over to turn an innocent chat between the reality stars into a hilarious skit. Gwyneth, 42, was seen gliding to the stage via cables but before she could make a landing on her high-heeled feet something apparently went wrong, eliciting an ‘I’m stuck’ comment from the actress. ‘Benedict Cumberbatch’s job is to mark up cue cards,’ Seth said as Cumberbatch struggled with making the card, then quipping: ‘He’s Sherlock Holmes, he’ll figure it out!’ This is the first-ever Red Nose Day benefit held in the US – it has raised more than $1 billion for charity in the U.K. where it is considered the No. 1 television charity benefit. After 30 years of fundraising in Britain for causes at home and overseas, Comic Relief has set up shop in America too, with red noses on sale in pharmacy giant Walgreens and the Empire State Building glowing crimson in support yesterday.

According to NBC.com, the benefit will help 12 charity organisations that strive to lift children and young people out of poverty in America and other countries. The main focus of the appeal, however, was last night’s three-hour televised show, broadcast on NBC live from New York, and featuring a roll-call of some of the biggest stars in music and entertainment. Thursday’s special also featured the likes of Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jodie Foster, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Coldplay, Julianne Moore and Jack Black. They were joined by stars including John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Michelle Rodriguez, Gwyneth Paltrow, the coaches on The Voice, Richard Gere, Jennifer Garner, One Direction, Zac Efron, Helen Mirren, Robert Pattinson, and many more.

Her grand entrance lasted a little longer than planned, however, as she found herself unable to uncouple from the harness, and was left hanging in mid-air while Meyers continued the segment. “This worked much better in rehearsal,” she noted. Chris Martin flexed his comedy chops in easily the most entertaining segment of the night, in which Coldplay were writing Game of Thrones, the Musical. Things weren’t going too well until Kit Harrington, aka GoT’s Jon Snow, turned up to support the project, persuading the rest of the cast to join him, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) who was clearly born to perform piano ballads. Spoof though it may be, with musical numbers such as Harrington’s ‘Wild-ling’ (“you pull my bow string”) and Danaerys, aka Emilia Clarke’s ‘Rastafarian Targaryan’, Martin could well have a potential West End hit on his hands… In this “Hollywood Secrets” sketch, Richard Gere, Jodie Foster and Hugh Bonneville shared their memories of working with Julia Roberts. “She has what I’d describe as a distinctive voice,” says Foster, “but it’s not what I would associate with a Hollywood leading lady.” Currently travelling North America with their Innocence tour, U2 recorded a special performance of Song for Someone, while country star Keith Urban duetted with John Mellencamp on Pink Houses.

Less anthemic, but no less enjoyable for it, was a duet between British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Kermit the Frog, who perched on a speaker as they sang The Rainbow Connection together, with a slightly giggly Ed on guitar. Myers stated that although it is a British charity, he didn’t want any Brits involved with the US effort, because “they are famously terrible actors.” None the less Britain’s Hollywood contingent managed to find themselves roles working behind the scenes. Orlando Bloom was running the control room, while Eddie Redmayne wished everyone good luck (a full-time job, apparently); Robert Pattinson was joyriding in the studio’s valet parking, Helen Mirren was on tea duty, Sir Ian McKellen was on the teleprompter, and Benedict Cumberbatch was making heavy weather of writing the cue cards.

Paltrow, happily, made it out of her harness in time to play Byrne’s best friend whom, equally predictably, Merchant tried to persuade into some sort of threesome, “for charity”. “I’ve got a Golden Globe,” he reasoned. “I’ve got an Oscar,” came her inevitable reply. After a middle hour hosted by an awkwardly deadpan David Duchovny, a perky Jane Krakowski upped the energy levels for the final leg, first introducing a slew of female remakes of male-led films, including Indianna Jones (in which the heroine, played by Anna Kendrick, kits out her home with some lovely antiques), Three Women and a Baby (there’s no real drama; actresses January Jones, Bianca Kajlich, and Anna Camp just get on with it) and 12 Hangry Women (the all-female jury, led by Laura Linney, agrees on a Not Guilty verdict in seconds, but cannot decide on what to have for lunch).

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