Jack Black recently traveled to Uganda to meet with underprivileged kids as part of the Red Nose Day campaign. Red Nose Dayaims to raise awareness and money for strugglingchildren and young adults. In the clip below, Jack meets with Felix, a 12-year-old homeless boy.
In the beginning, Jack promises his viewers that hell try his best to hold back tears and not cry, but this proves to be impossible. While visiting an underprivileged community, Jack speaks about the good he sees in the locals, even though the town is damaged by desperation and danger.Its no place for a kid to grow up, he says, fighting back tears.
When he talks to Felix, he is immediately overcome with emotion as he listens to the homeless boy. Felix simply has one wish he wants an education.
He wants an education, and I think thats not a lot to ask, the actor says.
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Red Nose Day is a Comic Relief movement with the mission of raising money and awareness to help end child poverty. Since first launching in 1988, the organization has partnered with major outreach programs and top celebrities around the world to raise more than $1 billion globally.
The Shape of You singer traveled abroad to meet children in West Pointthe largest and most dangerous slum in Liberias capital city of Monrovia.
There, he met a girl named Peaches. Her story completely rocked the fiery red-heads world.
We do a song, Ed says to Peaches. You sing one, then I sing one, yeah?
Cameras roll as the young street child breaks into singing without any hesitation. Her confidence radiated through her. But before long, Peaches began to cry.
She tells Ed that her father was one of the thousands of people who died as a result of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He used to sing that song to her.
In talking with Peaches later on, Ed learns that since her father died, shes had to drop out of school because her mother cant afford it.
Shes not alone. Ed compared the slum to hell, saying that thousands of families are living in squalor and there’s a stench of sewage everywhere. Because of their desperate living conditions, too many children, like Peaches, are forced to earn whatever money theyre able to rather than getting an education.
Hearing Peaches story left Ed in tears. “In my whole career I have never cried on camera but I’m completely overwhelmed,” he explains. “I can’t imagine what this little girl has witnessed and I break down. I feel ridiculous and guilty about crying but I just can’t stop myself.”
The devastation is unimaginable, and it admittedly wrecked the pop-star.
Peaches was the smiliest in the village, and eager to chat with the crew that was visiting.
If shes the smiliest one, and shes got that story, then God knows what the other stories are.
Despite the conditions shes forced to live in, the tragedy shes overcome and the odds that are stacked against her, Peaches has BIG dreams for the future.
When I grow up, I really want to become a musician, she tells Ed. I want to sing for people in churches.
The British singer says hes been involved with Red Nose Day in the U.K. his whole life, but it took visiting a Liberian slum for him to realize the impact the movement truly has on a childs life.
Ed also took time on his trip to include all of his new friends he met in a music video for his songWhat Do I Know.
Its just one more way the pop-star is using his celebrity to spread awareness, and shine a light on those who desperately need to be seen.
On Tuesday night, The Late Late Showreturned from holiday break with host James Corden taking some time in the beginning of the show to pay tribute to pop superstar George Michael, who died on Christmas day.
In 2011, George Michael and James Corden did a sketch together for Comic Relief for England’s Red Nose Day.
“In this sketch, the idea was that a character from a sitcom I was in at home was driving to the offices of Comic Relief to try and save Red Nose Day,” Corden said.
“We had come up with this idea to have me and George Michael singing in a car. It was the first time I’d ever sung in a car with anybody. It’s become quite a big part of my life now, and he really inspired it.”
Having someone like Michael do that bit is what convinced huge star Mariah Carey to also give it a try, making her the first official “Carpool Karaoke” guest.
“So, we all have so much to thank him for, for the music that he’s given that will last forever,” he said. “But we personally, here at this show, we owe him so much.”
“As you’re tucking your children into bed tonight, children like JD are huddling together, sleeping outside in danger and very, very vulnerable.”
Lets just get something straightEd Sheeran is seriously the best. Hes a lyrical genius with fiery red hair, a British accent thatll leave you weak at the knees, and his friendship with Taylor Swift is legit #SquadGoals.
As if his down-to-earth personality and love songs about Beth werent already making us sob like an episode of This Is Us, the pop sensation cranked up the waterworks this weekend when a video of him SAVING little boys in Liberia made its way across the Internet.
To help with Comic Reliefs annual Red Nose Day fundraiser, Ed paid a visit to the African country to film an appeal in a Liberian slum.
It was there where he met a little boy named JD and his five friends. Ed had watched JD being beaten by an older man, and he listened to the boys emotional stories of the abuse and rape in the village.
Ed learned that JD had dreams of becoming president one day, but the boy owned one set of clothes, and slept in a boat on the beach.
It was in this same boat where the rape and beatings from the older boys took place.
Edalso discovered that JD and his friends survive on just one cup of water and a piece of bread every day.
Their lives and stories struck a chord with the singer, and Ed made the decision to do everything he could to protect the boys and get them to safety.
Really does not feel right leaving at all, the singer said to producers. I mean, the only thing you can do is help them, which we should.
He said his natural instinct was to put them all in the car and get them moved to a safe place in a safe school.
You can literally see Eds heart tearing at the seams as he prompts producers for what he can do to help these boys, because leaving them was no longer an option. He offered his own money saying, It doesnt matter how much it costs, can we just get him and his five mates in a house with an older person to look after them?
Comic Relief has confirmed that JD and the five boys are now safe as a result of Eds generosity. But just like Ed emphasized in the video, We are going to sort them out but these kids are just five in a million.
The singer urged others to join in the cause with an earnest plea for the public to help children like JD.
This is the really harsh reality for street children here and across the world. As youre tucking your children into bed tonight, children like JD are huddling together, sleeping outside in danger and very, very vulnerable. They really need your help tonight. Please give what you can.
See more from Eds encounter with JD and his eye-opening journey to the slums of Liberia in the video below.
With the talk show occupying so much time on our TV screens, it also occupies an important place in contemporary popular culture. Perhaps its most notable function is the opportunity it provides for famous faces to show off a different persona from what we’re used to used to seeing (be it serious, playful, or totally off-the-wall). It’s also a great way to get celebrities to feel like they’re in a safe zone, allowing the host to coax out new, interesting or embarrassing information. Talk shows allow us to feel a little bit closer to celebrities, and that is why they will always exist: because we will always keep watching.
The following appearances are in chronological order.
1955: Marilyn Monroe on ‘Person to Person’
Edward R. Murrow’s ‘Person to Person’ set the standard for TV celebrity interviews, practically inventing the format in the days of network TV’s infancy. Here his cameras go into the home of Marilyn Monroe and her producing partner Milton Greene, showing a sweet, seemingly very innocent young woman who is excited about her career and perhaps a little bit nervous in front of live cameras. Murrow’s 60+ a day habit is evidenced here by the trademark cigarette locked between his fingers.
I’m stretching the definition of ‘talk show’ to include panel quiz shows just so this excellent Dali appearance can be included. The legendary surrealist painter, writer and filmmaker walks into the particularly controlled environment of a 1950s television studio, armed with only the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ at his disposal; very soon the audience is captivated and the panelists – for a time – are completely befuddled.
“There is no me. I do not exist,” said Peter Sellers, when told to ‘be himself’ on ‘The Muppet Show’. Somehow, Michael Parkinson managed to get him to ‘be himself’ for at least some of this interview. Many parts are hilarious, such as the ‘That’s What You Are’ and Lawrence of Arabia stories, while other parts offer a melancholy glimpse into his inner workings, such as when he talks about his past wives. (Probably my favorite of all the clips on this list.)
1987: Crispin Glover on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’
Was Glover high on LSD? Or was he just acting? Either way, he unsettled David Letterman on his own show, an incredible feat in itself. I’d like to think he knew what he was doing, with that wig, those pants, and those shoes…
1991: Members of Queer Nation on ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’
This was actually an appearance by Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee), but a few members of Queer Nation stole the show with their heckling from the audience. They’re not the star of the clip, though – it’s Hall, who starts off with considered retorts, and gradually builds himself into a rage so violent that he practically forgets to interview Hogan. “You don’t see Dan Quayle here! You don’t see Milli Vanilli here!”
Manson appeared on Donahue with bandmates Twiggy Ramirez and Madonna Wayne Gacy to respond to claims that their music was having a negative influence on young people. It appears to be a setup: Donahue and members of the audience hit Manson with tough questions, expecting him to trip up, but his intelligent (and disdainful) replies make him a force to be reckoned with. I don’t particularly like his music, but he’s a very smart guy.
The Bee Gees, especially Barry Gibb, don’t take kindly to Anderson’s patented put-downs and storm off the show. Compared to the next clip this seems rather tame, but the witticisms were enough for Barry to get up out of his seat, say “You’re the tosser, pal,” and march off the set with his brothers in tow.
I know this is not a talk show – but I couldn’t resist adding this one to the list. Here we see Paula Abdul being interviewed on television regarding the most recent American Idol series. This is serious cringe material. [jfrater]
2005: Tom Cruise on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’
Everybody knows about it, and has seen parodies of it, but the actual appearance is more bizarre and hysterical than a hundred of those parodies combined. This is genuinely odd behavior. A new popular phrase – ‘jump the couch’ – entered the lexicon, and one superstar was never taken seriously again.