Comic Relief celebrates 25 years

Comic Relief stalwart Lenny Henry.
Comic Relief stalwart Lenny Henry.

Friday night is Comic Relief Night. BBC1 will giving over most of their evening schedule to a collection of sketches, performances and mini films with the intention of entertaining you and also getting you to part with some money to help those in need both here in the United Kingdom and also in Africa.

This is a very special event this year as Comic Relief celebrates its 25th birthday. No doubt included in the night’s programming with be some nods to its illustrious past.

While the charity is really prominent on Friday night, the work that it does involves it in helping others three hundred and sixty five (or six) days each year. The main presenters for the night will include some who have been involved from the start like Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross. The show continues to have Richard Curtis as its executive producer.

Other famous comedians taking part will include Rowan Atkinson, Jack Whitehall, Micky Flanagan, Dame Edna Everage, Peter Kay, Ricky Gervais, Miranda Hart, David Walliams, Russell Brand, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. There will be special editions of Eastenders and Call the Midwife and a very special video featuring Simon Cowell.

For younger viewers One Direction will be promoting their special Comic Relief single. Of course not all the humour will be to everybody’s taste and as the night progresses no doubt the humour will become less family friendly. Throughout the night there will no doubt be members of the public featured who will explain what ‘funny for money’ activity they took part in to raise money.

In this time of austerity, it will be interesting to discover just how much this year’s event raises, as the great British public thankfully tend to be very generous on these occasions.