Coldplay Joining 'Red Nose Day' to Perform Sketch Co-Written With Funny or Die: Exclusive

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Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Coldplay has joined the lineup for Red Nose Day, the inaugural U.S. edition of the popular U.K. TV event that has raised over $1 billion for British charity Comic Relief since 1985. The rock group will appear in a comedic skit they helped write with Funny Or Die as part of the live three-hour telecast, airing Thursday, May 21 from 8-11 p.m. ET on NBC. The benefit event will help raise funds for 12 charity organizations fighting youth poverty in the U.S., Africa, Asia and Latin America, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children's Health Fund and United Way.

Previously announced musicians appearing on the show include John Legend, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Voice coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams, along with Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Michelle Rodriguez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Lauer, Carson Daly, Bill and Melinda Gates, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Eichner, Martin Short, Laura Linney, Anna Kendrick, John Michael Higgins and Stephen Merchant.

Coldplay’s involvement comes in part through frontman Chris Martin’s recent 15-year appointment as curator of the Global Citizen Festival, which is co-produced by Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis, who will also executive produce Red Nose Day for NBC. The band’s final (for now) album, A Head Full Of Dreams, is expected later this year via Parlophone/Atlantic, with a farewell stadium tour likely to follow in 2016.

Previous musical collaborations with the U.K. Red Nose Day include One Direction, whose hit 2013 cover mash-up “One Way Or Another/Teenage Kicks” helped raise more than 2 million pounds for Comic Relief, and John Legend and Sam Smith, who teamed up earlier this year for a duet on Smith’s ballad “Lay Me Down."

“Red Nose Day” is produced by Universal Television Production by Richard Curtis, Hamish Hamilton and Ian Stewart of Done + Dusted Productions. Henrietta Conrad and Lily Sobhani and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah, Anna Wenger and Joe Farrell will serve as executive producers, with Hamilton acting as director. Walgreens and Duane Reade are the special’s exclusive retail partners, selling $1-donation red noses at all participating stores nationwide. More information is available at www.rednosedayusa.com.


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