This Friday night on the BBC, most of the evening will be taken up with this year’s Comic Relief programme. There will be special versions of Bake Off, the Vicar of Dibley, People’s Strictly, James Bond and Mr. Bean.
A number of comedians and other entertainers will be taking part in the live event which will be coming from The London Palladium. However in amongst all the fun and laughter, there will be a number of serious reports from stars like Lenny Henry, Peter Capaldi, Olivia Colman and Idris Elba outlining why Comic Relief needs your support.
These reports highlight just how much still needs to be done throughout the world to make the lives of so many people better.
In Shakespeare’s day plays had their comedy interludes, such as the Porter’s scene in Macbeth, along with their more serious scenes. Here the emphasis is on comedy, but with a few serious interludes. Red Nose Day is a means of raising money for various projects aimed at helping some of the disadvantaged people at home and abroad. One of the results of programmes like Comic Relief is that it often makes people feel grateful for all that they are able to enjoy in their own lives. Often this results in viewers wanting to do something positive to help others. It is always much easier when you see something that needs to be done, to just sit back and wait for somebody else to do something positive.
However Comic Relief asks its audience to not just sit back and enjoy the contributions that other people have made, but to get up and do something constructive yourself in order to make other people’s lives that much better. And to carry this out willingly and cheerfully.