LOS ANGELES: The cast of The Walking Dead spoofed the hit zombie show while a host of celebrities manned phone lines Thursday as America’s Red Nose Day raked in $30.7 million for needy children.
Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln and many other stars of AMC’s record-breaking series parodied their characters in one of a series of video vignettes which raised a laugh during the second annual NBC comedy telethon.
Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Minnie Driver were the biggest names among more than a dozen stars in the studio who answered members of the public calling in with pledges.
Craig Ferguson, the Scottish-born veteran of US late night TV, was master of ceremonies during the two-hour live broadcast at Los Angeles’ Universal Studios.
One of the show’s highlights was a pre-recorded parody ballad which saw Machete star Danny Trejo, Hollywood A-lister Steve Buscemi and Iwan Rheon —evil nobleman Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones — cast aside their tough guy images to croon: “Why can’t I be a part of Red Nose Day?”
More than 50 stars of film, television and the music world took part in the event, which raises money for children in America and overseas.