Comic Relief is a British charity organisation that was founded in the United Kingdom in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis in response to famine in Ethiopia. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located For the former state representative from Washington State see Richard Curtis (politician Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born NOTE This intro is the result of careful NPOV work Please do not make potentially controversial edits to it without first discussing on the talk page It was launched live on Noel Edmonds's Late, Late Breakfast Show on BBC1, on Christmas Day 1985 from a refugee camp in Sudan. Noel Ernest Edmonds The Late Late Breakfast Show was a BBC television light entertainment show broadcast live on Saturday evenings from 4 September, 1982 to A refugee camp is a temporary camp built by a government the United Nations, international organizations (such as the Red Cross) or NGOs to receive Sudan (officially the Republic of Sudan) ( السودان al-Sūdān is a country in northeastern Africa. The idea for Comic Relief came from the noted charity worker Jane Tewson, who became head of a British NGO Charity Projects and was inspired by the success of the first four Secret Policeman's Ball comedy benefit shows for Amnesty International (1976-1981). Jane Tewson (b??? UK is the originator of several innovative charitable (non-profit organisations and ideas for community strengthening notably in the This article is about the entire series of Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows for Amnesty International (1976-2008 For the original 1979 show that gave Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a Western based international Non-governmental organization which defines its mission as "to Initially funds were raised from live events and the best known is a comedy revue at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London which was finally broadcast on television on the 25 April 1986. The Shaftesbury Theatre is a West End Theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenue, in the London Borough of Camden. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Events 1607 - Eighty Years' War: The Dutch fleet destroys the anchored Spanish fleet at Gibraltar. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar)
One of the fundamental principles behind working at Comic Relief is the 'Golden Pound Principle' where every single donated pound is spent on charitable projects. All operating costs, such as staff salaries, are covered by corporate sponsors or interest which is earned while money raised is waiting to be spent (granted) to charitable projects.
Currently, its two main supporters are the BBC and Sainsbury's. J Sainsbury plc ( is the parent company of Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd commonly known as Sainsbury's (also Sainsbury and JS) the third largest The BBC is responsible for the live television extravaganza on Red Nose Day and Sainsbury's sells merchandise on behalf of the charity.
Red Nose Day is the main way in which Comic Relief raises money. It is held in the spring every second year and is often treated as a semi-holiday, with, for example, schools having non-uniform days. The day culminates in a live telethon event on BBC One starting in the evening and going through into the early hours of the morning, but other money-raising events take place. A telethon is a Fundraising event broadcast on Television that lasts many hours or even days the purpose of which is to raise Money for a charitable political As the name suggests, the day involves the wearing of plastic/foam red noses which are available, in exchange for a donation, from many shops. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work often to relieve tension
The first "Red Nose Day" was on 5 February 1988, and raised £15 million. Events 1576 - Henry of Navarre converts to Roman Catholicism in order to ensure his right to the throne of France. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) The TV show was hosted by Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Ross. Lenworth George Henry CBE, (born 29 August 1958 is a British Writer, Comedian and Actor. Griffith Rhys Jones (born 6th November or 16th November (depending on source speakers agent (6th or BBC (16th 1953 in Cardiff, Wales Jonathan Stephen Ross OBE (born 17 November 1960 in London, England) is a triple BAFTA -winning British More than £300 million has so far been distributed to projects by Comic Relief.
Red Nose Day was also copied in other countries. One of note was New Zealand, which actually introduced a brief fad in 1990 of selling over-sized red-noses for car grilles for charity. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island
Comic Relief rely on several hundred call centres around the United Kingdom to process calls from the public. A call centre or call center (see spelling differences) is a centralized office used for the purpose of receiving and transmitting a large volume of requests by The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The call centres are connected through the BT network and each centre has a certain number of fixed lines, all running off the main 0845 number. The centres, which are owned by various companies, provide support in the form of volunteers who usually work there.
The television programming begins in the afternoon, with CBBC having various related reports, money-raising events and a celebrity gungeing. CBBC ( Children's BBC) is the brand-name for the BBC 's Children's television programmes aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 years old Gunge is a British colloquial name for ‘‘slime’’ a term used in the US and other countries to define a runny substance similar to Paint, that is often featured in This is all in-between the regular programmes, but after the six o'clock news, the normal BBC One schedule is suspended at 7pm in favour of a live show, with a break at 10 O'Clock for the News. While the News is on BBC One, Comic Relief continues on BBC Two and then resumes on BBC One at 10:35pm with each hour overseen by a different celebrity team. These celebrities do the work for free, as do the crew, with studio space and production facilities donated by the BBC.
Regular themes throughout the shows include parodies of recent popular shows, films and events and specially-filmed versions of comedy shows. Smith & Jones and a parody sketch starring Rowan Atkinson are both regularly featured – the first being Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988). A parody (ˈpɛɹədiː US, [ˈpaɹədiː] UK) in contemporary usage is a work created to mock comment on or poke fun at an original work its subject Rowan Atkinson (born 6 January 1955 is an English Comedian, actor and writer famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder Blackadder The Cavalier Years is a 15 minute one-off edition of Blackadder set during the English Civil War, shown as part of Comic
The 1999 "Red Nose Day" was held on March 12, 1999. Events 538 - Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) A parody of the Doctor Who series, Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death, starring Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor, was featured during the show. Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death is a four-episode special of Doctor Who made for the Red Nose Day charity Rowan Atkinson (born 6 January 1955 is an English Comedian, actor and writer famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder The Doctor is the central character in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who, and also features in
The 2001 "Red Nose Day" was held on March 16, 2001. Events 597 BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. In 2001 the total raised on Red Nose Day was £61,000,140. As well as donations on the night of the TV show money is raised from countrywide sponsored events and from merchandising, particularly of the red noses themselves. In 2001 5. 8 million red noses were sold, approximately one each for 10% of the UK population.
Jack Dee won Celebrity Big Brother. Jack Dee (born James Andrew Innes Dee, 24 September 1962 is an English Stand-up comedian, Actor and Writer, best known for his Big Brother is a Reality television series broadcast in the United Kingdom and This is the only day on record nobody committed suicide in the UK between 1993 and 2002. 
The 2003 "Red Nose Day" was held on March 14, 2003. Events 1489 - The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. The fund raising activities included Lenny Henry providing the voice of the speaking clock between March 10 and March 23 with the cost of the call going to Comic Relief. A speaking clock service is used by people who wish to know the correct and accurate Time. Events 241 BC - First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands - The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing Events 1174 - Jocelin, Abbot of Melrose, is elected Bishop of Glasgow. On the night of the live show itself, £35m was raised, an on-the-night record. A total of £61,477,539 was raised that year, setting a new record.
Jack Dee stood outside at the top of a pole for the duration of the show, parodying the acts of David Blaine. David Blaine White, known simply as David Blaine (born April 4 1973 is an American Guinness Book of Records World record -holder Celebrity Driving School led up to the event, with the test results announced during the telethon: they all failed. Driving School was a Docusoap that was broadcast on BBC One in 1997, which followed a group of learner drivers around Bristol and
The hosts of "Red Nose Day" 2003 were:
As usual a variety of specially-filmed versions of television shows were made. Jonathan Stephen Ross OBE (born 17 November 1960 in London, England) is a triple BAFTA -winning British Lenworth George Henry CBE, (born 29 August 1958 is a British Writer, Comedian and Actor. Anthony David McPartlin also known as Ant and PJ (born 18 November 1975 is one half of the English Acting and television presenting Declan Joseph Oliver "Dec" Donnelly also known as Duncan born September 25, 1975 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England Vic Reeves (b 24 January 1959 as James "Jim" Roderick Moir) is an English Comedian, best known for his Double act with Bob Mortimer Robert "Bob" Renwick Mortimer (born 23 May, 1959 in Middlesbrough, England) is a British Comedian and Actor Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963 in Cork, Ireland) is an Irish Actor, Comedian and Television presenter. Popular BBC talent show Fame Academy returned as Comic Relief does Fame Academy. Fame Academy was a televised competition to search for and educate new musical talents Comic Relief Does Fame Academy is a spin-off of the original Fame Academy show where celebrities (students sing as students of the Academy Other shows included:
Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan a parody of Harry Potter starring Dawn French as Harry Potter, Jennifer Saunders as Ron Weasley and Miranda Richardson as Hermione Granger. EastEnders is a most popular and award-winning Television Soap opera, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 19 February 1985 Auf Wiedersehen Pet was a popular British comedy-drama series about a group of seven British migrant construction workers Wayne, Dennis, University Challenge is a long-running British television quiz show, licensed and produced by Granada Television. Driving School was a Docusoap that was broadcast on BBC One in 1997, which followed a group of learner drivers around Bristol and Harry Potter is a series of seven Fantasy novels written by British author J Dawn Roma French (born 11 October 1957 is a Welsh actress and Comedian. Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 6 July 1958 is a BAFTA and Emmy Award -winning English Comedian, Screenwriter and actress Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley is a Fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958 is an English stage film and television actress. Hermione Jean Granger
The 2005 Red Nose Day was held on March 11 and was hosted by a collection of television stars:
The 2005 event was also noteworthy for supporting the Make Poverty History campaign - many of the videos recorded for the MPH campaign (including videos by Bono and Nelson Mandela) were shown throughout the evening. Events 1425 BC - Thutmose III, Pharaoh of Egypt, dies (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty Chris Evans (born Christopher Evans, 1 April 1966 Warrington, England) is an English radio / Television presenter and Lenworth George Henry CBE, (born 29 August 1958 is a British Writer, Comedian and Actor. Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963 in Cork, Ireland) is an Irish Actor, Comedian and Television presenter. Seán Dermot Fintan O'Leary Jr (born 24 May, 1973 in Colchester, England) better known as Dermot O'Leary, is an British Jonathan Stephen Ross OBE (born 17 November 1960 in London, England) is a triple BAFTA -winning British The Make Poverty History campaign (which is written as MAKE POVERTY' HISTORY') is a British and Irish coalition of Charities, religious Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (xolíɬaɬa mandéːla born 18 July 1918 is a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in fully representative Over £63m was raised as of November 2005.
As usual a variety of specially-filmed versions of television shows were made. Popular BBC talent show Comic Relief does Fame Academy was attended by celebrities singing cover versions of songs. Comic Relief Does Fame Academy is a spin-off of the original Fame Academy show where celebrities (students sing as students of the Academy In Popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition ( Performance or Recording) of a previously recorded commercially released Viewers voted for their favourite, with the proceeds going to the cause and the celebrity. Other shows included:
Mcfly also recorded the Comic Relief single "All About You" for 2005 and raised it all for Comic Relief.
Times approximate and amounts rounded to the nearest million where not stated exactly:
Raised by March 2006: £65m
2007's Red Nose Day was held on March 16, 2007. Red Nose Day 2007, was a fundraising event organised by Comic Relief, broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Two from the evening of March Events 597 BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Its tagline is "The Big One" which is also representative of the novelty nose. As well as Sainsburys; Walkers, Kleenex and Andrex are promoting the charity. Kleenex is a Brand name for a variety of products such as Facial tissue, Bathroom tissue, Paper towels, and Diapers. Andrex is a company that manufactures Toilet roll. It is a Subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark. Some of the sketches shown were: The Vicar of Dibley. The Vicar of Dibley is a British sitcom created by Richard Curtis and written for its lead actress Dawn French, by Curtis and Paul  Also intended to be shown was A Question of Comedy, a comedy quiz utilizing the format (and set) of A Question of Sport, and hosted by Jack Dee, with team captains Frank Skinner, Dara Ó Briain,and Mr. Bean and guests including Jade Goody. A Question of Sport is a long-running BBC Quiz show which started on 5 January 1970 and continues to this day Jack Dee (born James Andrew Innes Dee, 24 September 1962 is an English Stand-up comedian, Actor and Writer, best known for his Frank Skinner, (born Christopher Graham Collins on 28 January 1957 in Oldbury, West Midlands, England is an English writer and award-winning Dara Ó Briain, (born 4 February 1972) (pronounced /d̪ãrə o bʲɾʲriənʲ/ Anglicised /dæræ o briən/ is an Irish Comedian and Jade Cerisa Lorraine Goody (born 5 June 1981 is a British Television Celebrity. However, in light of Big Brother events involving Jade and racism, the pre-recorded segment has been scrapped by BBC producers. Celebrity Big Brother 2007 was the highly controversial fifth series of the United Kingdom Reality television series Celebrity Big Brother 
In the lead up to Red Nose Day many different fund raising events occurred:
Coming in March 2009
A new verison of Comic Relief Does The Apprentice will air , with Sir Alan Sugar offering Johnathan Ross a spot on the show.
Various items of merchandise have been sold to promote and raise money for Comic Relief. In 1991, The Totally Stonking, Surprisingly Educational And Utterly Mindboggling Comic Relief Comic was published by Fleetway. Fleetway, also known as Fleetway Publications and Fleetway Editions, was a publishing company mainly producing comic magazines for the UK. Conceived, plotted and edited by Neil Gaiman, Richard Curtis, Grant Morrison and Peter K. Hogan, it featured contributions from a vast array of British comics talent including Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Dave Gibbons, Mark Millar, Simon Bisley, Mark Buckingham, Steve Dillon, D'Israeli, Jamie Hewlett and Bryan Talbot (arguably Britain's most famous comics writer, Alan Moore, was not credited as working on the book having sworn never to work for Fleetway again, but was said to have worked with partner Melinda Gebbie on her pages). Neil Richard Gaiman (ˈgeɪmən (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of Science fiction and Fantasy short stories and For the former state representative from Washington State see Richard Curtis (politician Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born Grant Morrison (born January 31 1960 is a Scottish Comic book writer and artist Peter K Hogan was editor of Cult political British comics Crisis and Revolver in the late 1980s and early 1990s Jamie Delano (born 1954 in Northampton) is a British Comics Writer. Garth Ennis (born January 16, 1970 in Holywood, Northern Ireland) is an Irish Comics writer best known for the DC Dave Gibbons (born April 14, 1949) is a British Comic book Artist, writer and sometime letterer Mark Millar (born December 24 1969 is an award-winning Scottish Graphic novelist born in Coatbridge. Simon Bisley (born March 4 1962) is a British Comic book artist best known for his 1990s work on ABC Warriors, Lobo Mark Buckingham is a British Comic book artist. He is best known for his work on Marvelman and Fables. Steve Dillon is a British Comic book artist He is particularly known for his run on DC Comics Hellblazer and Preacher This article is about the cartoonist known as D'Israeli You may be looking for Benjamin Disraeli or Isaac D'Israeli Matt Brooker Jamie Christopher Hewlett (born April 3, 1968) is an English Comic book artist and designer Bryan Talbot (born February 24, 1952, Wigan, Lancashire) is a British Comic book Artist and Writer. Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed Melinda Gebbie is a comics artist and writer probably best known for Lost Girls, the three-volume Graphic novel she has recently completed in collaboration The comic was unique in that it featured appearances by characters from across the spectrum of comics publishers, including Marvel and DC superheroes, Beano, Dandy, Eagle and Viz characters, Doctor Who, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in addition to a cavalcade of British comedy figures (both real and fictional). Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company The Beano comic is a long-running British children's comic, published by D The Dandy is a long running children's comic published in the United Kingdom. Viz is a popular British adult Comic magazine that has been running since 1979 Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. These were all linked by the twin framing narratives of the Comic Relief night itself, and the tale of "Britain's meanest man" Sir Edmund Blackadder being persuaded to donate money to the event. The term framing device refers to the usage of the same single action scene event setting or any element of significance at both the beginning and end of an artistic Edmund Blackadder is the single name given to a collection of Fictional characters who appear in the BBC mock-historical comedy series Blackadder The comic "sold out in minutes", raising over £40,000 for the charity, and is now a highly prized collectors' item. Comic Relief have also sold Fairtrade Cotton Socks from a number of vendors. This is mainly for their Sport Relief charity.
In 1993, a computer platform game was released called Sleepwalker. Sleepwalker is a Platform game developed by CTA Developments and published by Ocean Software for the Amiga, C64 and The game featured voice overs from Lenny Henry and Harry Enfield and several other references to Comic Relief and tomatoes; the theme for the 1993 campaign. Lenworth George Henry CBE, (born 29 August 1958 is a British Writer, Comedian and Actor. Harry Enfield (born 30 May, 1961 in Sussex, England) is an English Comedian, Actor and Writer
In 2007 Walkers complemented the usual merchandise by adding their own take on the red nose promoting red ears instead. The large ears, dubbed 'Walk-ears' are based on a very old joke involving the actual ears of ex-footballer Gary Lineker who has fronted their ad campaign since the early 1990s. Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960 in Leicester) is a former English international football Striker who scored Walkers previously promoted the charity in 2005 making four limited edition unusual crisp flavours.
The 2007 game for Red Nose Day can be played here www. rednoseday. com/letitflow . This game has been developed by worldwide viral marketeers - Matmi. The game is called “Let it Flow” and it’s set in the African wilderness. Mischievous hyenas have messed up the water irrigation system that feeds the crops. Using your brain you have to help re-arrange the pipes to let the water flow to the crops to keep them alive. Once the pipes are arranged, you need to operate the elephant’s trunk to pump the water through the water pipes.
For the 2007 campaign Andrex, known for their ad campaign fronted by a Labrador puppy, are giving away toy puppies with red noses.
The most prominent symbol of Comic Relief is a rubber/foam red nose which is given in various supermarkets in exchange for a donation to the charity. People are encouraged to wear the noses on Red Nose Day to help raise awareness of the charity. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work often to relieve tension The design of the nose has been changed each year, beginning with a fairly plain one, which later grew arms, turned into a tomato and even changed colour. The tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum, syn Lycopersicon lycopersicum) is a herbaceous usually sprawling plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family In 2007, the red nose was made of foam; this was to facilitate the "growing" of the nose (by rolling it in the user's hands) to keep in line with that year's tagline, The Big One. See the table below. Larger noses are also available and are designed to be attached to the fronts of cars and even buildings. However, the nose's material used was classed as a fire hazard and were banned from the Comic Relief Does Fame Academy shows.
|Year||Type of nose|
|1988||The Plain Red Nose|
|1989||The Smiley Face - with face (known as Harry), made with rose scented plastic|
|1991||The Stonker Nose - with hands and face|
|1993||The Tomato Nose - with stalk and face|
|1995||The Colour Change Nose - changed either yellow or pink with 'MY NOSE' on|
|1997||The Furry Nose - clear plastic shell covered in red fur|
|1999||The Big Red Hooter - faceless, gold glitter and when squeezed it 'hoots'|
|2001||The Whoopee Nose - red head with inflated cheeks, when squeezed the tongue inflates|
|2003||The Big Hair Do - with gooey eyes that squeeze out and a tuft of red hairs came with gel for the hair|
|2005||Big Hair & Beyond - with smiley face (known as Chad) and colourful elastic hair came with red and yellow face paint and stickers for the nose|
|2007||The Big One (The Nose That Grows) - Made of foam which makes it more comfortable; comes with Chocpix and stickers to decorate the nose with. The most general definition of foam is a substance that is formed by trapping many gas Bubbles in a Liquid or Solid.|
In April 1986 the first Comic Relief charity single was released. A charity record (also known as a charity single) is a release of a song for a specific charitable cause. It featured Cliff Richard and the cast of The Young Ones in a rendition of "Living Doll". Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. The Young Ones was a popular British sitcom, first seen in 1982, on BBC2.
Some of the money raised from the sale of each single is donated to Comic Relief. Normally a song is released just before the official Red Nose Day. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work often to relieve tension There have been exceptions, such as "(I want to be) Elected" which was released to coincide with the 1992 UK general election. Results |} The turnout was 33514074 from an Electorate of 43275316 voting in a total of 651 seats Before 1995's song, they were all more-or-less comedy records, mostly involving an actual band or singer and a comedy group. A musical ensemble is a group of two or more Musicians who perform instrumental or vocal Music. A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience primarily by making them laugh From 1995 on they have been generally more serious, although the videos still feature comical moments.
|Release Date||Title||Artists||Highest chart position reached|
|April 1986||"Living Doll"||Cliff Richard and the cast of The Young Ones||No. Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. The Young Ones was a popular British sitcom, first seen in 1982, on BBC2. 1|
|December 1987||"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"||Mel & Kim (Mel Smith and Kim Wilde)||No. Mel Smith (born in Chiswick, London on 3 December, 1952) is an English Comedian, Actor, Film director Kim Wilde (born Kim Smith, November 18, 1960 in Chiswick, West London) is an English Pop singer, professional 3|
|February 1989||"Help!"||Bananarama & Lanananeeneenoonoo (French and Saunders with Kathy Burke)||No. " Help! " is a song by The Beatles that served as the title Song for both the album Help! and the film Help!. Bananarama are an English Girl group who have had success on the French & Saunders is a British Sketch comedy Television show written by and staring BAFTA Award -nominee Dawn French 3|
|March 1991||"The Stonk"||Hale and Pace (backing band includes David Gilmour and Brian May)||No. Hale & Pace are an English comedy duo who have starred in several TV sketch series David Jon Gilmour CBE (born 6 March 1946 is an English Musician, best known as the Lead guitarist one of the lead Singers Brian Harold May, CBE 1|
|April 1992||"(I Want to Be) Elected"||Smear Campaign (Bruce Dickinson, Rowan Atkinson, Angus Deayton)||No. Paul Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England) is a British singer Airline pilot, radio show Rowan Atkinson (born 6 January 1955 is an English Comedian, actor and writer famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder Gordon Angus Deayton (born 6 January 1956 is an English Actor, Writer, Musician, Comedian and Television presenter. 9|
|February 1993||"Stick It Out"||Right Said Fred and friends||No. Right Said Fred are an English pop band formed in 1989 by brothers Richard Fairbrass and Fred Fairbrass from East Grinstead, as well as 4|
|May 1994||"Absolutely Fabulous"||Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys, Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley)||No. " Absolutely Fabulous " is the title of a song produced by British Electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. The capitalisation of song titles in this article is disputed Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 6 July 1958 is a BAFTA and Emmy Award -winning English Comedian, Screenwriter and actress For the sixteenth century translator see Jane Lumley. Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE (born 1 May 1946) is an English 6|
|March 1995||"Love Can Build a Bridge"||Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton||No. " Love Can Build a Bridge " is a hit single from American Country music mother-daughter duo The Judds from their 1990 album of the same name Cher ( IPA: /ʃɛr/ born Cherilyn Sarkisian, May 20 1946 Chrissie Hynde (born Christine Ellen Hynde, 7 September 1951 Akron Ohio) is an American rock musician best known as the leader of the band The Pretenders Neneh Cherry (born Neneh Mariann Karlsson on March 10, 1964 in Stockholm) is a two-time Grammy Award -nominated and MTV Europe Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945 is an English Blues-rock Guitarist, singer Songwriter and Composer 1|
|3 March 1997||"Mama/Who Do You Think You Are"||The Spice Girls||No. Events 1284 - Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England 1575 - Indian Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Spice is the multi-platinum debut album by English pop group Spice Girls, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music) and 1997 (see The Spice Girls are a BRIT Award -winning English pop Girl group formed in 1994 1|
|March 1999||"When the Going Gets Tough"||Boyzone||No. Boyzone are an Irish boy band who had popular mainstream success during the 1990s 1|
|March 2001||"Uptown Girl"||Westlife||No. " Uptown Girl " is a Song performed by musician Billy Joel, whose lyrics deal with a working-class "downtown man" attempting to woo a wealthy Westlife is an Irish pop band that was formed on 3 July 1998 They were signed on by Simon Cowell and are currently managed by Louis Walsh. 1|
|March 2003||"Spirit in the Sky"||Gareth Gates and the Kumars||No. " Spirit in the Sky " is a song written by Norman Greenbaum and released in 1969 Gareth Paul Gates (born July 12, 1984, Bradford, England) is an English pop Singer. The Kumars at No 42 is a British television talk show. Plot The show stars a fictional British Indian family 1|
|7 March 2005||"All About You/You've Got a Friend"||McFly||No. Events 161 - Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by co-Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "All About You "/" You've Got a Friend" is the fifth single from the British pop band McFly and their first double A-side 1|
|14 March 2005||"Is This the Way to Amarillo" 1||Tony Christie & Peter Kay||No. Events 1489 - The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. " Is This the Way to Amarillo " is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, referring to Amarillo Texas. Tony Christie (born Anthony Fitzgerald, 25 April 1943) is an English male Singer from Conisbrough, South Yorkshire Peter John Kay (born 2 July 1973 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England) is an English Comedian, Writer, producer 1|
|12 March 2007||"Walk This Way"||Girls Aloud vs. Events 538 - Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. " Walk This Way " is a Song by American Hard rock group Aerosmith. Girls Aloud are a British Girl group created by ITV1 Talent show Popstars The Rivals in 2002 Sugababes||No. Sugababes are a BRIT Award -winning English pop group trio from London. 1|
|19 March 2007||"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 2||The Proclaimers & Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin 2||No. Events 1279 - A Mongolian victory in the Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. " I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles " is a song written and performed by Scottish pop band The Proclaimers. The Proclaimers are a Scottish band composed of identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid (born March 5, 1962) Brian Chelsea Potter, one of many Fictional characters played by Peter Kay, is the owner of The Phoenix Club in both Louis 'Lou' Bob Todd and Andrew 'Andy' Pipkin are Fictional characters from the cult BBC TV and radio show Little Britain, played 1|
In addition, the first Red Nose Day Schools' song ('Make Someone Happy') was published in 2007. A CD of the song together with backing tracks and fundraising ideas was sent free of charge to all primary schools in the UK in February by the education music publisher 'Out of the Ark Music'. Schools will be free to use the song in assemblies, singathons or other fundraising activities
On 5 October 2004, the Burma Campaign UK criticised Comic Relief for its association with the multinational DHL, a partner of Myanmar Post and Telecom. Events 869 - The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The Burma Campaign UK founded in 1991 is a London based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO that aims to achieve the 'restoration of Human rights and Democracy DHL (originally standing for Dalsey Hillblom and Lynn) is a Deutsche Post World Net company of Germany that provides international mail John Jackson, head of Burma Campaign UK, noted that they were aiding war victims in Rwanda while funding the military regime in Myanmar. The Burma Campaign UK founded in 1991 is a London based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO that aims to achieve the 'restoration of Human rights and Democracy The Republic of Rwanda (ruːˈændə or /rəˈwɑːndə/ in English ɾwanda or in Kinyarwanda is a small Landlocked country in the Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar ( pjìdàunzṵ mjàmmà nàinŋàndɔ̀ is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia.
In March 2005, several Catholic schools in the UK were banned from supporting Red Nose Day by church leaders because of claims that money raised would fund abortions in Africa. Catholic is an Adjective derived from the Greek adjective '' / 'katholikos' meaning "whole" or "complete". Reports of this were denied by other church leaders.
Some have questioned whether the celebrities who appear donate themselves, arguing that many benefit financially from the exposure these charitable shows give. The counter argument to this point is that without the talents of the performers the show would lose its unique appeal. It's something of a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation.
On 18 July 2007, it was discovered the Comic Relief breached editorial standards. Events 390 BC - Roman - Gaulish Wars Battle of the Allia - a Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. During Red Nose Day 2007, viewers were told that by phoning in and donating, they would enter a prize draw. According to reports, "The first two callers taken on air gave incorrect answers. The other waiting callers were lost and a third caller was heard on air successfully answering the question. This caller was in fact not a viewer but a member of the production team. " However, this was something beyond the charity's control and was a decision made by the BBC and its production team on the night.
Inspired by the British charity, a United States Comic Relief charity was founded in 1986 by Bob Zmuda. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Bob Zmuda (born December 12, 1949) is an American Writer, Comedian, producer and director best known as the
Comic Relief is an irregularly held event, televised on HBO, that has raised and distributed nearly $50 million toward providing health care services to homeless men, women, and children throughout the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Comedians Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg are hosts of the event. A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience primarily by making them laugh Robin McLaurim Williams (born July 21 1951 or 1952 is an American television stage and film actor and Comedian who has won an Academy Award for his performance William Edward "Billy" Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American Golden Globe Award -nominated and Emmy Award -winning Whoopi Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson; November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedienne, and television
The 1989 HBO Comic Relief show debuted the song, "Mr. President," written by Joe Sterling, Ray Reach and Mike Loveless. Raymond Everett Reach Jr (born August 3, 1948) is an American Pianist, Vocalist and Educator based in Birmingham Alabama The song was sung by Al Jarreau and Natalie Cole. Alwyn Lopez "Al" Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American singer Natalie Cole (born Natalie Maria Cole on February 6 1950) is an influential American Singer-songwriter and performer who has
On November 18, 2006 the event was revived as a fundraiser for those affected by Hurricane Katrina and was simulcast on TBS. Events 326 - The old St Peter's Basilica is consecrated 1302 - Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest hurricane, as well as one of the five deadliest in the history of the United States Simulcast is a Portmanteau of " simul taneous broad' cast' " and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one TBS is an American Cable television network that shows sports and a variety of programming with a focus on comedy 
Richard Curtis also created the Idol Gives Back special for American Idol, which follows the same basic premise as Comic Relief, with specially filmed shorts, performances and footage of the stars of the show visiting impoverished countries. Idol Gives Back is the name of a charitable campaign that spanned two episodes of American Idol during its sixth season. American Idol, with the full title American Idol The Search for a Superstar for the first season only is an American reality-competition
In 1988, the Red Nose Day concept was adopted by the SIDS and Kids organisation to help raise funds for research into sudden infant death syndrome. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS is a syndrome marked by the symptoms of sudden and unexplained death of an apparently healthy Infant aged one month to one year Since then, Red Nose Day in Australia is held annually on the last Friday of June. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. 
An Australian version of Comic Relief, Comic Relief Australia, has also been set up. (). It plans to divide the money raised between Australian causes (at least 40%) and overseas charities largely in Asia Pacific (at least 40%)
Following a campaign encouraging people to buy articles such as red wristbands, the first telethon-style event was held on November 6, 2005 on the Seven Network. A telethon is a Fundraising event broadcast on Television that lasts many hours or even days the purpose of which is to raise Money for a charitable political Events 355 - Roman Emperor Constantius II promotes his cousin Julian to the rank of Caesar, entrusting him with Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. It followed the established format, with comedy interspersed with examples of the sorts of charities to benefit. According to its website, this raised over AUS $800,000. Another telethon was broadcast on November 27, 2006 on Seven Network. Events 1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. The 2006 Comic Relief Show was held under the title '50 Years of Laughs' celebrating 50 years of Television in Australia. It was hosted by Colin Lane and featured presenters such as Amanda Keller, Mikey Robbins, Ugly Dave Grey and Derryn Hinch interviewing Kylie Mole. Colin Stuart Lane (born December 25 1967 is an Australian comedian who gained fame alongside Frank Woodley as part of the comedic duo Lano and Woodley. Amanda Keller is also the name of the woman described as Mohamed Atta 's girlfriend during the time he spent in Florida. Mikey Robins (born December 8 1961) is an Australian media personality Comedian and Writer. Ugly Dave Gray (born Graham David Taylor, 26 December 1933 in Manchester, England) is an Australian Television personality Derryn Nigel Hinch (born 9 February 1944) in New Plymouth, New Zealand (now an Australian citizen is an Australian media personality Mary-Anne Fahey (born 19 August 1955 as Mary-Anne Waterman is an Australian actor comedian and writer
The German TV station Pro 7 initiated a similar event in 2003. ProSieben is a commercial Television station in Germany distributed to a large extent via cable and satellite along with DVB-T By selling red noses money is collected for the charity foundations PowerChild, Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung (lit. , German Child and Youth Foundation), and Comic Relief. The event is called 'Red Nose Day' and took place annually in March or April from 2003 to 2006. However ratings and the collected donations fell way short of expectations in 2006. The Red Nose Day Germany 2007 is confirmed to take place on the 22nd of December at PRO7.
A similar charity campaign, entitled "Red Nose, Kind Heart", was launched in Russia on April 1, 2007. The main goal of the drive, held between April 1 and May 19, 2007 by the Liniya Zhizni (Life Line) foundation, is raising money to help children afflicted with serious diseases (such as heart diseases).