Thursday night's Red Nose Day special on NBC brought the celebrities, the laughs, the tears and the money - raising at least $10 million by the halfway point of the three-hour, star-studded telethon benefiting suffering children in Africa and around the world. According to Red Nose Day UK's website, the charity function raised about $121 million all together for 2015.
But hosts Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski and the dozens of A-list celebrities might have raised even more laughs than money while ramping up support during the first American TV special for the British charity that began its annual fundraising entertainment extravaganza in 1988.
Entertainment's greatest lent their talent and their time to illuminating the need to help children and families in the world's poorest countries with touching segments, such as Jack Black's devastating profile of a 12-year-old Ugandan orphan boy, along with and back-to-back satire from Hollywood's biggest stars. Seth Meyers and Chris Pine got the celeb-recruitment started with a hilarious phone-tree saga, Nick Cannon kicked the party into gear with a 24-hour Times Square danceathon and from there on the good times rolled.
Here are a few of Red Nose Day USA's most memorable moments:
What Hollywood secrets? Julia Roberts lets her "true" baritone voice be heard in the "original" takes of her most famous movies -- who could have imagined Erin Brockovich could be any fiercer?
Kermit the Frog and Ed Sheeran made some rainbow connections sweet acoustic duet that stole hearts:
Girl power reclaims Hollywood, and comedy, for a women-only redux of history's greatest movies. Watch Anna Kendrick reboot the Spielberg classic as the new Indiana Jones:
"Born appealing" Will Farrell and Nick Offerman battle mano-a-mano for Red Nose Day appeal for alms in an intense voice-off on The Voice:
But out of dozens of hilarious sketches, it might have been Coldplay's 12-minute long "Game of Thrones" musical-in-the-making sketch that took the crown for the evening's best moment: