Red Nose Day Kicks off Thursday night

Red Nose Day Kicks off Thursday night

(KAIT/NBC) - "Red Nose Day" will return Thursday night on NBC Region 8 with an entire night of programming devoted to raising funds to help lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and around the world.

A special "Hollywood Game Night" is part of NBC's evening of programming and a special celebrity edition of "American Ninja Warrior."

According to organizers, every obstacle that celebrities make it through will raise money. One of the participants that will attack the course is ninja co-host Akbar Gbajabiamila.

"Red Nose Day" raised more than 100 million dollars in the U.S. in the first three years. Those funds helped more than 8 million children, thanks to donations and the purchase of "Red Noses" at Walgreens.

"No child should ever have to face hunger or not have access to education or healthcare," said Matt Iseman.

The live "Red Nose" comedy special will finish up the night. There's also the addition of a "nose to nose" challenge this year.

"There should not be any hungry children and so that is ultimately the goal, to make sure kids are fed and taken care of," said host Chris Hardwick.

"Red Nose Day" gets kicks off with that celebrity edition of "American Ninja Warrior" at 7 p.m. Thursday on NBC Region 8.

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