This year marked the fourth time that Kimmel has brought the band back together and proved that all those home shopping networks are just doing it all wrong. Kristen is the real star of these events, though, as she is so perfectly in character as a slightly inept but endlessly perky TV salesperson.
What makes the whole produciton so remarkable is how they incorporate countless (RED)-themed products available through Amazon into their banter and various skits. If only all televised shopping-based programming were so entertaining.
The show kicked off with Jimmy so impressed with the deals he asked Kristen to pinch him. "I'm not touching you, we discussed that," she shot back with a smile.
Chris Rock brought all of the bleeped foul language as the cranky voice of Alexa, while Will Ferrell portrayed a series of audience members with questions both asinine ("When will my hunger nightmare be over?") and genuinely helpful, like what forms of payment are accepted for these products.
The Doggfather of (GREEN)
The Doggfather, Snoop Dogg, of course transformed the color and theme of the whole show into his favorite color, before starting his sales pitch for "an ounce of the stickiest, ickiest bomb you ever--" But Kristen had to stop him right there..
She had to shut that down pretty fast as recreational marijuana is only legal in ten states.
That said, we did learn an important tip for how to summon Snoop to your house, should you need him for anything. Apparently, he shows up every time someone says the word "dog," which keeps him very busy indeed.
Kristen was joined by Mila Kunis for one segment, where they tried to promote the crystal clear picture on a (RED) television for sale by showing a dramatic film with Channing Tatum where he was an illiterate veterinarian.
"Wait, this movie seems serious, I'm worried he won't take his shirt off," Kristen said.
"Well he better take something off," Mila echoed.
At this point, the Channing on the television turned and addressed the girls, "Okay, really? Really? Look, I'm a serious actor. All you care about is whether I'm gonna take off my-- I don't know, show some skin or something."
He then showed up in person to chastise them some more when they wouldn't stop.
Later, Kristen welcomed "Zoe Gamora" to her side, who tried to correct her multiple times about her name, and we got to see just how good Guillermo looks with a smoky eye. Then, just as they flipped gender stereotypes by objectifying Channing, they demanded a man come out and clean up after them.
That man was Brad Paisley, who used a (RED) vacuum cleaner and that's really what makes these so successful. On most shopping networks, it's about hawking the products with phony enthusiasm and hackneyed pleas. Here, it's about entertainment and fun, sprinkled with interesting products you might actually want.
Did anyone want to really see Kristen, Jimmy and Chris put condoms on their heads? Okay, maybe that's a bad example, but it was a fun way to incorporate the product into the show.
The "(RED) Shopathon" is always a good time and it's for a good cause. Check out the video above and we guarantee you'll watch the whole danged thing before you know it. And maybe you'll be inspired to add a little (RED) to your life.
Of course, no "(RED) Shopathon" would be complete without the latest edition of the show's traditional song, "We're Going to Hell." Once again, Jimmy, Bono and Kristen took the lead on the chorus and refrains as the other celebrity attendants sang new verses all about how filthy rich they all are, and yet if they don't help people with AIDS, they're going to hell.
And then, because Bono is co-founder of the ONE Campaign, of which (RED) is just one of its many initiatives, he got a chance to shine as well with a wholly unique performance. In a stripped duet with Pharrell, he gave a whole new sound and vibe to the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive."
We're not gonna lie, we're kind of here for it. You can check out that video below.
And Bono also revealed that another fund-raising initiative they're doing this year is that he and Lady Gaga are partnering up to write a song about one lucky winner who donates at least $10 through (RED) Your Song's CrowdRise by GoFundMe page.