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I have to commend Mr. Henry for appearing on national television in a light up red nose day suit this year after appearing in drag back in 2011, it is an improvement.
So Red Nose Day on the BBC as usual was absolutely spectacular and I particularly enjoyed Peter Kay's excellent (sarcasm) effort of sitting on his arse to raise money for the charity. I'm not particularly impressed by a poor effort but given the fact that he's a comedian and this is all about "Comic" relief, It's more than fitting for the programme.
Michael McIntyre was also being his usual self with a few cheesy jokes about the phone number being to donation total and what not, on the whole though he really did add a certain something to the crowd and brought quite a few smiles to the audience and those watching at home.
Jessie J shaving her hair off at the start was probably the highlight to me and no doubt Hello! magazine had a field day after that. This was done on Live TV, it was real, and looks absolutely awful afterwards so kudos to Jessie for going bald. It wasn't so much funny as it was shocking, but the donations shot up after that so worth every second!
Generally speaking the fundraising or "fun raising" as it was dubbed, was quite good, a few of the clips like Simon Cowell getting married to himself were a bit dull and badly scripted but they did have a lot of high profile guests on like David Walliams on, who has the long running joke "My Simon" so it did fit in quite well with the clip.
There was also a 5 minute clip in from EastEnders which carried on from the storyline to raise awareness for gang culture and how children in the UK are increasingly likely to turn to gang culture I'm surprised how well the writers of East Enders managed to get this storyline to fit in so well with Comic relief, it was quite griping to watch on TV although I think that clip should have been extended a little more to explore the issue in greater depth.
Overall I quite enjoyed the show, the BBC did an excellent job rounding up all the people on the show and god knows how they managed to get Jessie J to go bald but that was the pinnacle of the evening, just ten minutes in to the program and already bringing out the big guns!
On Christmas Day 1985, whilst at a Sudan refugee camp, Comic Relief was launched. They realised something had to be done to help those in famine in Ethiopia. In order to do so they asked British comedians to make people laugh for money. This all went to those desperately in need in Africa and those here in the UK.
In 1988 the first Red Nose Day was aired on the BBC with comedians and charity events raising money for those in need. On the first Red Nose Day a massive £15 million was raised and benefited those in need.
In 2001 Comic Relief launched Sports Relief. This is now alternate years with Red Nose Day and instead of 'do something funny for money', people are encouraged to do sports instead whilst still raising money for charity. Red Nose Day is every odd numbered year whilst Sports Relief is even. Sports Relief also funds those in need in Africa and the UK.
Red Nose Day urges people to 'do something funny for money' and schools, work places and communities oblige every year raising millions of pounds.
Most schools and work places across the UK contribute to the raisings by doing charity events. I used to love Red Nose Day at school because we always had fun. We would pay a pound to wear mufti or something red, have cake sales, throw sponges at teachers, and many more activities whilst wearing our red noses. Whilst at secondary school we had the opportunity to pay to leave the last lesson and participate in money raising activities.
Another way they raise money is through the tv programmes. They seem to have Red Nose Day specials for everything. Already I have watched Lets Dance for Comic Relief, Pointless Red Nose Day Special and the Great British Bake Off Red Nose Day Special and it's not even Red Nose Day yet. Along with the main Red Nose Day programme, which lasts hours, they encourage viewers to vote and text donations.
As part of the fundraising celebrities are encouraged to do challenging activities which they wouldn't usually do. Some of these have included climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking across a desert and hosting the first 24 hour panel show. These are always supported by the British public and raise amazing amounts of money.
My favorite person to watch around Red Nose Day and Sports Relief is Helen Skelton as she completes the hardest challenges but is never willing to let the charity down. As part of Blue Peter she completes a challenge every year to raise money for Comic Relief. This has included a 78 mile marathon in Namibia completing it with 15 minutes spare of 24 hours and the London marathon weeks after. Kayaking the whole 2010 miles of the Amazon river alone, from Peru to Brazil. Tightrope walking across 150 metres between the chimneys at the battersea power stations, whilst 66 metres high in the air. Last year she cycled 329 miles to the south pole. This year she has a 'magnificent seven' challenge which includes getting a picture featured in the radio times, starring in two musicals in one night, getting a goal in rugby, walking across a tightrope over a river whilst being hit with sponges, gunge, feathers and a big fan machine and some others which haven't been announced yet. She has raised a lot of money for the charity and has proven to be very determined to succeed.
Red Nose Day also sell merchandise to raise money which is now nearly anything, from books to t-shirts to bags. The most well known has to be the red nose. When I wore them at Primary School I remember a plastic nose which was really hard and pinched your nose, they are now softer and made from foam but very hard to breathe from. The red noses change each Red Nose Day. They started as a plastic red ball, have grown arms, hair, eyes and noses, become pirates and now they are diNOSEsaurs. This year there is Dinomite, with his mouth wide open and teeth showing, T-Spec, with closed mouth and glasses, and Triceytops, very cute with a small nose and eyes. I have T-Spex. They can be bought by a donation. Each red nose includes a paper with some jokes and pictures of the other noses.
In the UK the money raised helps people who have issues with mental health and alcohol, domestic abuse and violence, sexual abuse, the elderly and young carers.
The money is used in Africa by helping those living in urban slums, with HIV and aids, helping them cope with the climate and helping them trade and young children with vaccinations to help them with health.
Since 1985 Comic Relief has raised over £800 million from both charity events. This is a fantastic charity which deserves all the money it can get to help those disadvantaged both here, in the UK, and other poorer countries. I have just donated £5 worth of dooyoo miles to Comic Relief, will you do the same?
I don't know if this should be put into this particular review section or maybe should be put into a shrinks portfolio... but as this does somehow nudge on the Comic relief Red Nose theme I thought I'd write this here anyway.
* WHAT IS COMIC RELIEF..?
Comic relief is a fundraising idea from the brains of Lenny Henry and his fellow comedians during 1985.
It originally started, in a small camp in Sudan, with the intentions of opening up the plight of people living in poverty in the UK and Africa.
It has now become an annual fund raising event, hosted by the comics and celebrities who are most popular at the time, and is aimed at getting as much money as possible for the underprivileged.
Up to date the charity has managed to raise around £400 million (including 2009)
* MY PERSONAL VIEW...
I'm one for helping charities as long as they are for good causes, and this is a good cause indeed. But I don't need some Geordie bird who can't sing to tell me that thousands of kids are dying in Africa from a disease that is easily avoidable if people give a fiver so a mosquito net can be bought to protect them, (try giving some of your Geordie cash and you would save millions of kids from the hell they are living in... and I don't mean by adopting one of them either).
I have not just visited places like these 'celebrities' pop into with the plan of self publicity, I have served in them, for queen and country, trying to bring some form of peace to the hundreds of suffering people. Whilst there coming across many sights that would even make Freddie Krueger vomit... but the worst place for such horrors has to be in Africa. During my time around a certain little place on the west coast, as an aid to the UN peace keepers, this was home of so many horrific sights that my nightmares were a pleasant place to get away from the many visions of hell.
Witnessing hundreds of civilians being treated worst than dogs, even worst than rats., many women viciously raped by their so called fellow man, their savaged bodies barely surviving the brutal attack from war loving monsters given the green light to do as they wish, possibly by their own government. The sights that can be seen in these unprotected areas are so horrific that you could not believe it in your wildest dreams, (and believe me, you wouldn't want to).
But the worst thing of all, even worse than seeing a women cowering in a corner, petrified that you are going to do what her previous male encounter did, is seeing the sight of a young defenceless child acting in exactly the same way, there tiny bodies battered and bruised beneath there torn rags, your mind instantly knowing that that poor little child has been abused beyond belief, knowing that you can do nothing about it, apart from maybe offering them a drink or some food from your pack, knowing your trivial gift will fall far short in trying to help their mental scars.
Even if you are not a parent, to see such a sight will rip out your heart and smack you straight in the face with it... to see such atrocities, knowing that you are helpless to protect them is not right at all...
These poor vulnerable people need help, with most still living in hope that their own government will be there for them, protect them form such horrors in the future, little knowing, or little believing that the government are possibly turning a blind eye to such atrocities.
This is the Africa that I know, that I remember from nearly ten years ago, the war torn country which runs through my mind, still to this day sometimes awakening me in the dead of the night, beads of sweat dripping down my forehead, (although not as often as it used to). The animal like 'rebels' fighting against those who are there to help, killing and abusing those that choose to defy them... this is the Africa that the Red Nose day shenanigans fail to bring to your attention.
Don't get me wrong, what the BBC are doing to raise awareness about the plight of the hundreds of suffering people is a good thing, any publicity to show these atrocious events which are still happening in this day and age is a worthy cause indeed. There are just so many defenceless individuals to help that a once a year program is simply not enough.
Unfortunately, when some people watch the Comic relief programming they simply want to see their favourite celebrities so they can catch up on what they're doing, and to be frankly honest, most of these 'celebrities' just simply want to get their faces on the small screen, but if the full truth came out, if the British government allowed the broadcasting of the hidden horrific horrors that are possibly still happening, then maybe the people who reside in one of the richest countries in the world would want to do more than give money once a year. Maybe they would want to stand united and force the people in power to end such heinous acts, demand justice for all those innocent women, children and men who have to live a daily fight just to survive, for those that have to eat the soil they walk on to simply to stop themselves and their families from starving to death.
Although Red Nose day is seen to be about getting enough donations to buy simple things such as mosquito nets or water purifying equipment it does also open up a persons eyes to how people in a third world country actually live, (albeit a seemingly 'gentle' view), so this again is a good thing. The more you know about a fact then the more you may want to help..!!!
If there were no such programs as Red Nose day then would the people around the world care about a problem which they knew nothing about..? Would the governments of the world simply try and brush these troubles under the carpet..?
To bring these shocking sights into every ones front rooms can only be a good thing as it makes the world realise that there are people out there who are in dire need of help not just to be happy but to actually survive day by day.
IMO, (and this IS my opinion, not all fact), the BBC programming that you actually see is very tame compared to the actual activities going on, probably more political as I don't really think that the Great British government could allow the BBC to tell the full truth about the horrors going on in 3rd world countries, whilst their own governments sit there and do absolutely nothing about it, preferring to spend any monies for their own goods , on there own properties and on there own selfish needs, ignoring the thousands of under privileged and dying people who they are meant to be serving.
So if you haven't already donated to this good cause then why not? And what's stopping you digging deeper into your pocket to give that little bit more.
I do realise that we are in a bit of a financial slump but at least we aren't fearing for our lives or trying to feed our children with ground down stones... but many of those poor people in Africa are, so please think about helping those that need it, even if it's only a few pence. And if for some reason you don't care about people who are dying in a country miles from you then think about the fact that some of the money collected does go to help the vulnerable people of Britain as well.
Comic Refief this year made more money on the night than any other Comic Relief. And I can only think that this is because people were bored watching some of the drivel on-screen and took to waiting on the phone-line, constantly pressing re-dial to get through. No, thats a little harsh. The shows and 'special' editions of programs were quite good, but it was the complete lack of atmosphere in the main studio that marred an otherwise great evening's viewing. Did they pull the audience from the local old-persons home? There must have been a sever lack of warm-up comedians, as they all seemed like they were about to fall asleep. Unfotunately this bordom from the audience slipped into my house and soon I was trying to find other things to do while Lenny Henry bounced about the screen screaming. Ant and Dec who started the ball rolling were quite funny and got a good responce, but it was downhill from there, until later on when Johnathan Ross and Graham Norton came on, who both seemed to be able to break the audience out of their slumber with content that was actually funny. Graham Norton seemed to take them to a peak, and it is just a shame BBC didn't give him enough time to do all the things he does so well on Channel 4. I can only presume that the other presenters bombarded the audience with moving scenes of Africa's plight between the times they were on. I know Comic Relief is all about charity, but for the studio audience it looks like they were left out of the comedy sections that we were all able to watch at home on TV. Craning your neck to watch a monitor high above your head has less of an effect, and so something should have been done to keep them occupied and full of life as they sat in their seats for six hours. But how funny was Ali G? Coming out with a 'Help Africa' slogan above a picture of Italy woven into his shell-suit was the first joke in a long line of wind-ups aimed at David and Victori
a Beckham. Good on them for allowing the mickey to be taken out of them so much in the name of charity. Big Brother was made by Jack Dee. I only wish the had shown more like Vanessa Feltz's 3 hour stint crying in the diary room after she found out she was one of the two who could be voted out. But it was Mr. Dee's antics and mad escape attempts that made it all the more funny. Victor Mildrew's take on The Sixth Sence was good, but some of the other comediand didn't have enough time to show what they can actually do. The few minutes that Billy Connelly was on screen showed that he should have been snapped up as one of the night's main presenters. Some of the other programs didn't work so well, like the They Think Its All Over / Never Mind The Buzzcocks / Have I got News For You show. It migth have been good had the comedy not stopped after every round to show the same video's of life in Africa that had been shown 20 minutes earlier. I don't want this opinion to sound like I am having a go because we got so many clips of Africa and the people in the UK that need cash to survive and, hopefully lead a normal life. I am not. Comic Relief is all about giving money to a worthy cause and is a very worthwhile organisation which I support, but it has always had the aspect of comedy - hence the name. I think that sometimes the comedy was ruined by the fact that shows were interupted so much by the same clips over and over again. Had the been kept and shown together at set times throughout the night then they may have had more of an effect on the viewers. Yes, I want to see what is happening with the cash I give, but not at the expence of other programs that people have put work into to produce specifically for this show.
7.00pm…. Three and half-hours until the Ali G interview. 7.01pm…. Ant and Dec…Turn over to channel four news 7.11pm…. Quick flick over whilst the latest foot n mouth stats are on. Hummmm Ant n Deck, turn back. 7.30pm…..Cricket highlights on channel four… 7.45pm…..Ant and Dec, pants seems about right with these two idiots on. 7.48pm…..Someone at the door, ah church people. Ant or God? 7.49pm…..So tell me all about this Mormon Church then. 8.00pm…. Comic relief Eastenders…. Who shot the bald Easteneder…That reminds me, time for a dump. 8.11pm… Irish BBC comedienne with a funnier name. Still not funny though. 8.27pm…. Aghhhh the celeb Big Brother up date first eviction nearing…Let’s have the number to vote fat Feltz back inside. 8.30pm…..Check watch for Ali-G interview. T minus two hours. 8.37pm…. Victor Meldrew and the stars of err Gimme Gimme.Wish I had a girlfriend. 8.45pm…. The comic relief Popstars.Rowan Atkinson still has not cracked a funny line since Blackadder. 8.50pm…Pauline Quirk.Hey smart American on the push bike. Tell me about this God guy again. 9.00pm…Boringggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ggggggggggggggggggggg. 10-00pm…Jonathon Ross at last, maybe the first funny moment of the night! Err no its Reeves and Mortimer with out a script. 10,09pm…. All the usual BBC tired and should be retired funny people are milling around looking for producers to sign them up for anything. Too late, Anthea Turner got there first. Even Lennies not funny anymore. 10,30pm…. Ali G…. He’s lost the black Anglo Bangladeshi accent but you still have to laugh as the nation ri
dicules our thickest celeb couple. 10.45pm…..Aghhhh Alan Partridge doing an outside broadcast, that’s more like it. 11.00pm…. Even Sacha Baron Cohen looks bored of his dated character…Still funny though as he finishes of David’s Janet and John book asking about weather he has buggered his wife. 11.30pm..…Jack wins Big Brother because the Boyzone fans were long since a sleep. 11,45pm…. Zippppppp its late night Channel Five time. Confessions of a somebody out of a Carry on film. 11.46pm…..Denis Nordens It will be Alright if the money keeps coming in from these if I keep making this crap night. 11.47pm…..Wait for the guy to be pecked by the Ostrich.Turn back to comic relief. 11.48pm1…League of Gentleman, should be funny, oh! 12.00am…..Baddiel and Skinner…Bedtime…Damn, forgot about Cat Deeley in the sauna. Is it me or do the Beeb just go through the motions on this now. It used to be so funny, i think!. Ring up this morning and donate five quid as that Rwanda thing was really rather awful and we the West just stood be. If only there was oil in Africa.
The Comic Relief night is always one to look forward to - for giving, watching or joining in. However, I was not impressed with the quality or the general ideas that were on screen yesterday. When Comic Relief night first hit the screens, the comedy was funny. The sketches wqere thick and fast and the language used in the humour was genuinely funny. In my opinion, last night had its funny monents - Ali G`s interview being one of the best - but it was not nearly as enjoyable to watch as in past years. I think this is because of the crass and basically unnecessary swaring and nudity that was shown throughout the evening. I was appalled by the scenes of Billy Connelly (a great comedian) parading himself round the screen naked to be followed by a whole herd of similarly undressed people. Before you think - oh yes - boring old fart writing review, the reason I am appalled is simple. For some unknown reason, the BBC decided to show this before 10pm - when the News was on. I am a school teacher and I know full well that alot of my class (young) would have been allowed to stay up for a while. The break for the nws at 10pm woiuld have been a good time to send kids to bed, so why show them nudity on what was supposed to be a funny, partly family fund rasing event?? I also found it unamusing to have these sort of scenes when the next moment we are being told that money is being spent helping abused children. If this was not an abuse of television power then I don`t know what is. whole heartedly support most of the causes of the program but if this is what we classify as humour, then perhaps the pproducers should think a little more carefully about what is shown when and how they might be affecting the prople some of whome they are supposed to be helping.
Well, once again, another Comic Relief evening is over – and what a tiring one it was! We were captured early on in the week with the wonderfully addictive Celebrity Big Brother, which was reason enough to tune into the Friday night-long special. But this year’s television bonanza in aid of charity seemed the best one yet. I stayed up ‘til 1:30am, so it must have been good! The whole evening was, as is the usual format, a mixture of comedy with a whole host of star names, interspersed with informative films to illustrate why the money is needed and the sort of things it is being used for. I always find the factual reports uncomfortable viewing, especially with the kids in the room, asking what AIDS and prostitution are. But I think it is also good for them to see poverty and how some children live literally in the gutter. Perhaps it gives them a taste of what being poor really means, when so many of our kids equate poverty with not having a colour Gameboy! So we were treated to - I think "exposed to" is a better expression - footage of Paul Bradley (Nigel in EastEnders) in Rwanda, meeting women who survived the genocide in 1994, but were raped and are now dying of AIDS. Robbie Williams, Davina McCall and others detailed Comic Relief projects in Mozambique, while Stephen Tompkinson was one of the team describing the work the charity does in Britain, helping victims of early Alzheimer's or teenagers who are HIV positive. The only criticism I had of these parts of the programme were that the frequent repetition of the same thing slightly lessened the impact each time. I mean, images of a heap of dead bodies can never be “accepted”, but it became less shocking, which is rather frightening actually. So onto the humour. The first part of the evening’s entertainment was presented by the wonderful Ant and Dec. I’m sure these guys could present anything, they are so
talented and quick thinking. The later shifts were taken by Lenny Henry and Zoë Ball - who has lost her baby weight so quick, it’s annoying! – then Jonathan Ross, and finally, Graham Norton. So a real crème-de-crème of presenting talent throughout. No, that wasn’t sarcastic! There are many highlights I’d like to tell you about, but I don’t think you want to read a novel, so I’ll try to curtail my enthusiasm and just go over a few things. LENNY HENRY KISSING WESTLIFE! – Those that have followed Comic Relief over the past years will know there is a running joke between Lenny Henry and Dawn French, to see which celeb they can snog. Dawn’s kiss with Hugh Grant was especially memorable. (Can’t think why, hee hee!) Well, this year, Lenny snogged all of Westlife!! Hey, I could have offered to kiss Kian… ALI G INTERVIEWS POSH & BECKS! – This was SO funny! Admittedly, Dave and Vicky had very little chance to say anything, but they didn’t need to. Ali G asked all those questions Parkinson wanted to, but never dared – even asking Posh if the infamous football chant was factually correct! Shame she was wearing some sort of top made out of brown cardboard. Obviously times are hard in the Beckham household. BILLY CONNOLLY GETS HIS WILLY OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE! – Never one to sit quietly in a corner, the Big Yin was back, offering to run round Piccadilly Circus naked (I think he called it “bollocky-buff”!) for the first million to be raised. The rest of the show included many references to his size, or lack of, but I couldn’t see anything wrong with his vital requirements – and believe me, I was paying close attention! Good on ya, Billy!! BADDIEL & SKINNER “UNPLANNED & UNPAID”! – Excellent, as ever. Although they obviously found it strange being funny in-between the disturbing footage, they did a grand job. Davi
d Baddiel did his famous Darius impression in front of -–um – Darius, then had his beard shaved off by Nicky Clarke. Melinda Messenger was the secretary and decided to draw all over Frank Skinner’s face with black marker pen. They finished off the slot with a rendition of Uptown Girl featuring Frank on vocals, Melinda on backing vocals, with musical accompaniment from David, Jamie Oliver (ugh), Ian from the Lightning Seeds and Graham from Blur. EASTENDERS SPECIAL : “WHO SHOT PHIL?”! – Wonderfully funny two-part sketch starring a large amount of the regular cast and a host of star names. So we had a deranged Harry Enfield desperate to get a part, a naked Anneka Rice in a phonebox, a host of old comedians auditioning to be the next Frank Butcher and Michael Greco’s chest (Phwaw!). Oh and Jerry Hall shot Mel Smith. Still don’t know who shot Phil though. POPSTERS! – A great spoof of the most talked about programme of the year. This featured “bad auditions” by Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating and Kate Winslet, and included Debra Stephenson and Lenny Henry as wannabes and Rowan Atkinson as “Nasty Neville”. Just hilarious. GRAHAM NORTON INTERVIEWS ROYALTY! – Well, it was Fergie, but I like her. He was uncharacteristically kind really, but she took everything well and seemed happy to play along with whatever was thrown at her. After this, Graham interviewed the celebrity Big Brother housemates and Davina. So, leading nicely onto … JACK DEE WINS BIG BROTHER! – Yep, most of you were right, I was wrong, Jack Dee won. I thought the final three were excellent though and would have been pleased for any of them to win. Claire Sweeney was second, Keith Duffy third. I have already written a long opinion on this, so won’t go into too much detail here, but this was THE best bit of Comic Relief and I hope they do another one next year. NOT FOR
GETTING … The Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over quiz, combining several popular BBC comedy quiz shows. Stephen Fry was particularly hilarious – at a mention of the TV programme Pet Rescue, he quipped “I thought he played for Chelsea!” and when he was asked if he had ever partaken of urine, he retorted “No, not my own!” Robbie Williams’ chest, phwaw!! He played a gardener in a special episode of The Fast Show. Can’t remember much about the sketch, but I can describe his chest in detail… The main part of the evening was, of course, the fund-raising element. Comic Relief raised over £22 million by the end of the night, with more to come. Pants To Poverty indeed!
I didn't put this op in the Charities section, because it's not the charity side of things I disagree with. Comic Relief has done so much good for so many people, both here and abroad, that how can you disagree with it? But after watching tonight's (March 16th 2001) Comic Relief, one thing just keeps coming back to me that is doing my head in. I think the whole idea of Comic Relief is such a good idea; that the only way to get a serious message across to the ordinary person in the street, who has their own worries and problems to deal with, is to intersperse real, surprisingly really funny (mostly) comedy, with mini-documentaries about all the suffering that is going on in the wider world. It makes people sit up and take notice, whether they like it or not, and although people I've listened to complain about this constant interrupting of the comedy with all the serious segments, I think it is an extremely effective way of getting the point across. We are all one, so help your brother/sister. It's not a 'trendy' point of view, but it's a real point of view, and that's what I respect about it. Peeing yourself laughing at Ali G one minute, only to be shown hardcore footage of people in Rwanda getting chopped to bits is certainly going to make you think. The thing that I disagree with, that I have no respect for and that, tonight while I was watching it, made me feel disgusted about the whole affair, was the 'celebrity' element. Having all these comedians and celebrities doing all these 'special editions' of popular programmes is a sound idea, that is what they are good at, that is what they are paid for, that is why they are famous, to entertain. And it made me laugh, because most of it has been damn funny (Damn, just lost all my street cred). But there's something about seeing Dawn French lecturing me about child prostitution that makes me sick. This is a real issue, and by having a
'celebrity' talking about it cheapens it in my eyes. Ok, she is there to keep the viewers interested, but surely the celebrities should be there for the funny sections of the show, and nothing else. I am quite happy to be entertained by A, B or even C list celebrities making an arse of themselves if it's for a good cause, but the 'real' segments, that show real suffering and pain, are surely no place for celebrities to make an appearance. I sincerely believe that when these famous people go over to Africa or wherever, that they are genuinely moved by what they see. But do these celebrities live this every day? Is it their life? Of course it isn't. We all know that they get paid tons of money to entertain us. I am not dissing any individual person who appears on Comic Relief, I think they all go into the project with a good heart, they are real people (despite what the press tries to make them), yet surely it would mean more if the people doing the reports for Comic Relief were the people who are in there week in, week out, year after year; The Aid workers in Africa, the project co-ordinators who help child prostitutes in Bradford, the care workers on the front line who were doing these reports, not the famous people. Surely this would make the message hit home more? These people would have real opinions on the issues and areas that Comic Relief is trying to target, and it would surely make the 'serious' segments on Comic Relief all the more 'real' and hard-hitting, if people watching on TV could see that it was 'real' people like themselves who were involved, getting their hands dirty. Surely when people watch, for example, The Corrs singing a 'moving' song, with pictures of Rwandan women in the background trying to rebuild their lives, it is going to have less effect on people at home than if they saw, say, a ordinary working class woman from Preston who had gone over there to help these pe
ople and was talking about her experience with them. When I watched the The Corrs singing I just thought, well fair enough you are good people to want to help Comic Relief and I am certainly not cussing them for that, but they earn pots of money, have good lives, how can they possibly understand what these people go through? Yeah, me and you could never understand fully either and I wouldn't pretend otherwise, but we don't go on Comic Relief and sing a ballad trying to empathise with these people, when we know damn well that we have nothing in common with them other than that we are fellow human beings and we know that they are in a lot worse situation than we will ever be in, and that all we can do, unless we up sticks and move out there to help them (and that takes a gutful of courage, more than I'll probably ever have) is to give money to charities like Comic Relief and get involved in some way through that. All the comedians, celebrities, singers etc that I have seen on Comic Relief tonight, they are all doing their bit to help people and I totally salute them for that, but let the people who actually deal with these realities day after day talk about them, not some TV presenter who will fly out there for a few days then come back to a beautiful house in the country. It's a crazy idea, but why don't they have no 'celebrities' out there at all, and just let these people tell their own story in their own words, or if they need a Western 'civilised' presenter, let an aid worker or person on the front line who hails from, say, Sheffield tell the story, then people watching back home would still have some connection with the story, there would still be a 'British' element that they could connect to, then at least it would be a 'real' connection, not just a connection with 'celebrity'. I apologise for this long op, I'm normally a lot more optimistic and a lot less cynical abo
ut things than this. I totally support Comic Relief and I would urge everyone to get involved and raise as much money as they can, but it was just this one point that stuck in my throat that I had to share. I would apreciate any feedback that you can give me about this op, am I being too serious about the whole thing? Do you think I'm totally wrong or have I got a point? This was an op that came out unplanned, so if you have any arguments for or against what I am saying, or any comments favourable or unfavourable, I would really like to hear what you think. All comments will be totally appreciated.
Dooyooers, Just a couple of words about comic relief Comic Relief - tackling poverty and promoting social justice. Comic Relief was launched from the Safawa refugee camp in Sudan, on Christmas Day 1985, in response to growing needs in the UK and Africa. It was set up by Jane Tewson, Richard Curtis and leading figures in the comedy world. The aim was to take a fresh and fun approach to fundraising and, through events like Red Nose Day, inspire those who hadn't previously been interested in 'charity', to get involved. Since then the organisation has gone from strength to strength, raising over £174 million. There have been 7 Red Nose Days so far – the most recent, in March 1999, was a record breaker, raising a staggering £35 million. Thanks to our unique Golden Pound philosophy, for every pound Comic Relief gets from the public, a pound will help make an extraordinary difference to hundreds of thousands of lives. Making a Difference Comic Relief is working with experts to ensure the money so generously donated reaches the people in greatest need. Comic Relief's aim is to enable the poorest and most vulnerable people to develop the strength and skills they need to solve their problems themselves, and to develop long term solutions. Comic Relief are also committed to supporting people that are often overlooked - to reach the parts that others don't - and to give a voice to people who have been denied one. In Africa, Comic Relief made more than 1,000 grants to projects making long term changes to the profound poverty and injustices people experience there. From educational schemes for disabled children in Tanzania, to support for widows of the Rwandan genocide, Comic Relief cash is hard at work in over 40 African countries. In the UK, Comic Relief has made over 3,700 grants to projects in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales over the last 15 years. Currently, your money is helping
projects such as a refuge in Gwynedd for women and children fleeing violence at home, a project in Antrim which reaches out to young drug and alcohol users, a programme in Fife, providing care and support for people infected with or affected by HIV, and a project in Exeter helping vulnerable older people take control of their lives. Get on the phone and donate! Say PANTS TO POVERTY www.bbc.co.uk/rednoseday Donate online or on phone: 08457 910 910
Red nose day is once again upon us having run in alternate years since 1985.I always watch the shows and occassionally donate, but do we pay because of the quality of the shows,the worthyness of the cause or because,shucks,we're just good people? The cause is undeniably just with 100% of all monies raised going to the poorest and most deserving people here and in Africa,with approximatley one third of the money staying in the UK.Administration costs are met by big business and presumably the Beeb dos'nt charge for the seven hour show. The show first started as a one off night at a London theatre,presumably in succession to those old Amnesty 'Secret Policemen's Balls'.Initially a comic spin off to Band Aid the shows grew in size and ambition until today where it's a national event.I've never really got involved in the 'bath of baked beans' type events feeling that such participants would do better to donate the beans to the homeless and stop making such a spectacle of themselves!.I'm no grump but I think a lot of Comic Relief goes against the natural British reserve,I mean I've never seen anyone wearing a red nose on the High Street and I doubt I'll see any pants being worn outside the trousers come Friday.The noses and gimmicks help promote the event and that can be no bad thing,I'm just not joining in!.<toys have left pram> The shows themselves have been a mixed bag with comedy and tragedy taking equal airtime.Most years have seen special one off shows such as a memorable 'Only Fools and Horses' in which Del and Rodney slagged off each others outside projects "that's as likley as you travelling back in time or me being a police inspector!".Another effort involved a previously unseen member of the Blackadder clan who lived in Charles 1's time and spoke like the present day Prince Charles,like I say a mixed bag!.After every comic snippet we get pictures of star
ving people and pleas for more cash.Of course this is the point of the evening but it does get depressing after a while especially if you've already given.Usually the Africa pieces have a comedy celebrity or a 'Bird of a feather' telling us how desparate things are.Fair enough but I bet the Africans would rather have had Pauline Quirke's airfare than her visit!. Other memorable events include an early Vic and Bob appearence in which they called Comic Relief "a meandering shambles" and then gave us uses for our spare red noses such as a roll on roll off ferry terminal!.I also liked the superstud battle in which Lenny Henry's Theopholis T Wildebeast took on Tom Jones at singing 'I can't get enough of your love' resplendant in glowing car-nose cod pieces!. Less appealing sections involve junk like the cast of Emmerdale having a sing song or those rotten sketches featuring micro celebs doing their bit,for their careers you understand.ITV star often pop in to do their bit with a celbrity Blind Date being especially forgettable!. So what's up for this year?.First up was the Westlife single 'Uptown Girl'.Again I know it'll raise cash from prepubescent schoolgirls,but where's the comedy element in them murdering a 1980's classic?.Stick on a red nose and watch the albumn sales soar,lads.In yesteryear we got comedy records such as Hale and Paces' 'The Stonk'.OK it was rotten and no one bought it but at least it was almost funny!.A few years ago they released a tape of comedy songs introduced by Smashie and Nicey and that was well good.Great lines included "We've written lots of great material but have decided to keep it for a show we're getting paid for!". Another unlikley 'Comic' event is Mrs Harry Potter herself JK Rowling releasing two special Harry books.I got these for the Boy from Amazon and the seem OK.One is about the sport, Quidd
ich or something and the other about 'beasts'.At £2.50 each you can't complain but they are as thin as Kate Moss on a diet!. The other biggy is Celebrity Big Brother.To my shame I hav'nt missed an episode but it's pretty poor.Ian Hyslop was on 'The Late Show' saying he turned down a place, so this gives you an idea of the quality of celebrity they did get.Still it's harmless fun and Comic Relief gets 15.5p from every 25p eviction phone call.No doubt Anthea Turner has saved much of Africa by now!After getting 'The Mole' wrong I'll confidantly predict that the Boyzone guy will win mostly because no one knows who he is.For sure!. On the whole I look forward to Comic Relief and usually enjoy much of it.The show promises Alan Partridge and The League of Gentlemen so they be worth the seven hour marathon,sorry Snickers, if nothing else is.I know I've knocked a few aspects of the event but it is worthy of your support. *So as not to be seen profiting from a charity I've donated 10,000 Dooyoo miles (£10) to the charity and will send more if I get more than 198 reads - enough to pay back the first donation!Cheers and enjoy the show. 17/03/2001.So was it any good.Well predictably it's a yes and a no.The show started slowly with Ant n' Dec hosting and making the event seem like a Saturday morning mish mash.The balance of comedy to tragedy was 50:50 with some of the films bringing tears to my girlfriend's eyes.I'm too hard me!. Best bits included a Popstars spoof 'Popsters' which had Rowan Atkinson as nasty Nigel and Simon Pegg as the wacky one.Lenny Henry appeared also as did a miscast 'Darius' - this one could sing!.Various comedy shows had done small 'partypieces' such as 'One foot in the grave','My hero' and 'Kiss me Kate'.These were all pretty feeble and poorly scripted but hey that's the nature of the beast!.
Sadly Billy Connelly also did his party piece which involved him streaking around the statue of Eros.Not a pretty sight but fair play to him,and those 'it must be cold out' jibes were cruel - he looked well built to me!.They also had 50 hairy men tackle out in the studio.I've never seen the good lady move so quick for her glasses!. Most of the good stuff came on later with Alan Partridge and Peter Kay doing a funny series of reports which ended with poor Alan getting punched again.A funny 'Marion and Geoff' was followed by a disappointing 'League of Gentlemen' who just did a single sketch from their stage show.Skinner and Baddiel did thir chat show which was as unfunny as ever save for some smutty innuendoes to Melinda Messinger who inturn magic markered Frank's face. Graham Norton was pretty good and had Fergie on along with the 'Big Brother' housemates.Later still a 'Top 50' showed past glories but was let down with only snippets of the sketches being shown.Over all a good nights' viewing that never lost focus of what it's all about.Shameless corporate adverts can be overlooked due to the fat cheques which saw a record total raised.Good effort all round!.
It’s always a nice time around Comic Relief, the way everyone pulls together to raise funds and think of others. I like watching the Comic Relief programme, it’s seems good fun and it lets you participate in the day. This year my local market are allowing people to hold stores on market day, and although I won’t be able to run a store, I shall be baking some cakes/buns and hopefully they will get sold. There are other events going on like raffles, bouncy castles with all proceeds going to charity. I have been watching Big Brother celebrity for the last couple of days, and it’s been good. However, I did think Chris Eubank should have been kept as he was the best person in terms of entertainment. The way he walks, his just brilliant. I think Vanessa is a bit mood and if she doesn’t get her own way she sulks. I like Jack D and think he might win. I think it’s good the way the BBC and Channel 4 can work together and raise some funds for comic relief. In the past Comic Relief has always done well, the red noses have become quite famous and it’s just a day to have fun, raise some money and think of other less fortunate than ourselves. Lenny Henry is a great presenter, and I like watching his little clips of when he goes abroad, comic relief helps jog our memories and makes people who are forgotten be remembered. I think that all the celebrities should be applauded without them I am sure Comic Relief wouldn’t be half as good, we see them as we have never seen them before, some good and some not so. Here’s a little poem for comic relief written by my daughter (with the help of a teacher) Help raise some money for the ones in need Have fun and be very keen Wear your red noses And help everyone lead lives full of roses. I thought it was very sweet and I was very proud of her.
I love Comic Relief. The name says it all. Comic. It is so fuuny, all the big soap actors and comics turn out to raise money in a fun way. The usual line up is Dawn French, Lenny Henry and Jennifer Saunders. One of my favorite moments on TV was on a comic relief one year. It was the year that Dawn French had to snog Hugh Grant. She is so fantasitcally funny, and the way she prepared for that special kiss in that dress like what Liz Hurley wore with the safety pins holding the side was absolutly side splitting, for the dress and for me. She seems to have carried on that theme this year with the chocolate moments with Delia Smith and all the sexy male guests that they have including Jamie Oliver. I do think that this year, Big Brother Comic Relief is going to be good. I watched the original and loved it and to see the celebs under such strange situations is going to be hilarious. Plus it is nice to see two TV channels working together, rather than againts each other to raise money not viewing figures. I say good one to Comic Relief, I look forward to our work on Friday to raise money and watching it next Friday, I'm even staying in!
I don’t have time for telethons for certain charities. I’m ashamed to admit it. It takes that little something extra for me to want to delve into my pockets for. But what will make 2001 a year of change so much different from all the other years of promised change? The fact that the effort put into this year’s ‘Comic Relief’ definitely feels it’s worth actually donating for. Not only is it potentially funnier, it’s actually funny! Not only have the activities been improved, they’re actually worth watching! They’ve always managed to bag some decent celebrities but they didn’t know what to do with them, they do now! This year’s maxim of saying ‘pants to poverty’ may strike a false note though what with the likes of Persil donating ‘only’ 3p of the purchase price (when you buy a packet) to ‘Comic Relief’.....maybe my understanding of the soap market is a bit offbeat but perhaps they could have stretched it to 4p? (It might mean though that we pay an extra penny but hey, it all goes to charity). This year we’ll see things that should be substantially worth watching and certainly highlights for the future and that the rest of the year may have to live up to: The resurrection of ‘Ted and Ralph’ with a special guest! Ali G interviewing Posh and Becks! Celebrity Big Brother! Celebrity Weakest Link! (I’d be wondering where THAT particular one went....if it’s as funny as the Christmas version when Mel Geidroyc went ‘bonkers’, it’ll be fantastic stuff). And all this from a 20 second commercial....(I’ve actually read up about it as well AND it’s a darn shame some sneak managed to get a transcript of the Ali G interview out though....a genuine surprise threatened to turn into a bit of a disaster....trust me, it will be funny (despite the fact I detest
‘Da Ali G Show’ BUT as the subjects are Posh and Becks it pretty much balances out my prejudices). I won’t ruin the punchlines or reveal the special guest for ‘Ted and Ralph’ though....it pretty much gives the game away otherwise....). No silly short stunts that worked fine on paper but don’t quite work on screen either (‘Blind Date’ with Mr. Bean? Torvill and ‘Bean’? Dawn French/Hugh Grant and Lenny Henry/Elle MacPherson? All full of good intentions though....). What we will get is a lot of whooping from the audience unlike the more restrained (and you can ‘feel’ it) approach of ‘Children In Need’. So be prepared to ‘watch’ out for that....it’ll be annoying as it ever was. Another unjust and unfair piece of criticism is that they do try and ‘guilt’ us into donating to ‘Comic Relief’ which will no doubt again filled in by reports of projects from Africa and to change the tone occasionally with other reports of “it’s not just Africa, you know!” (no, I’m not so stubborn and made of stone not to know that) with some reports about what it’s done for the UK as well. The ‘only’ criticism is we also get ‘Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over’ back....it was dreadful last year and I can’t see any improvements.(where’s Paul Merton? Where’s Ian Hislop? Where’s Rory McGrath? Even Mark Lamarr? The only ones missing in what should have been an incredibly worthy yet brusingly funny battle of wits....unfortunately the crossovers lend itself to pretty much infighting against itself. Witness Jonathon Ross and Phill Jupitus’ comedic abilities dilute.....Ross is fantastic on ‘TTIAO’ but only amiable on ‘IOTBILI’ and Jupitus just about OK on ‘NMTB’ but at best mediocre on ‘IOTBILI’....well that’
s TV politics for you. We should have Hancock, Ross and Deayton on one side and Jupitus, Merton and Clary on the other with Lamarr officiating....although where does that leave Rory McGrath? A worthy adversary and substitute for Phill Jupitus. As for Sean Hughes, he’s lost ‘it’ and should prove his own undoing next Friday. The idea of the quiz disintegrates and it just becomes a free-for-all and a battle of just trying to provide some laughs.....the script obviously failed last year and threatens to do so again this year). At least there’s no Victoria Wood (hoorah!) or Graham Norton (hooray!) or Ben Elton (I’m bloody ecstatic!) to try and enliven proceedings with their own special brand of tomfoolery.... Although why does ‘Children In Need’ have to suffer year-upon-year with it’s unrelentlessness (I’m being polite about what I truly believe of it) where there are only a few gems and things of interest to watch (for me the return of ‘Butterflies’ brought nothing but moths out of the closet unfortunately.....anyone remember last year and what went into 2000’s ‘Children In Need’?). Another weak link are the regional updates which inevitably when tripped into media intensity fall shy of being worthy ruining whatever good intentions they have.(good but not worthy of public attention unfortunately). At least, it isn’t pre-recorded though (so it’s very brave of them). ITV gave up on the telethon when they ran out of comedy stars (how many times can you get Michael Barrymore on the telly? The only ‘comedy’ stars they have now are probably Frank Skinner, Lily Savage, Denis Norden, Brian Conley, Steve Penk and Les Dennis.....try making a strange brew out of that lot! The weirdness and reluctance of ITV to lend the BBC their stars for one night is appalling....I heard Ant and Dec were going to do something but they
had to opt out..... I fear for my eyes and ears as to what Channel Five would come up with if they ever came up with a telethon.... For once, I will watch ‘Comic Relief’ out of a sense of forboding knowledge that it will be good and not the constant balls-up that is strewned every now and then across our screens in a feeble attempt to try and extract money out of us.....for once, I will delve into my not-considerably-deep pockets and give however:. You will NOT catch me wearing one of those annoying new style red noses. You will NOT catch me doing stupid stunts. You will NOT catch me buying that bloomin’ Westlife single. It is a genuine sham(e), that they’ve given up on coming up with something original for the charity single.....going with performers and a cover version that is unashamedly commercial. Well, at least it all the royalties goes to charity.... Will it raise more than £12 million this year though....it’s wobbled at around 11, has more or less always sailed past 10....we’ll have to find out on the 16th March. The most foolish thing any member of ‘dooyoo’ may want to say is: “I will donate whatever monies come my way through the votes of this opinion TO ‘Comic Relief’ (if there is a more selfless act I’ll do through the internet this year then it will be done here....that’s not the surprise though....) through my OWN pocket not dooyoo’s (it may backfire on me....spectacularly, you know....I may enforce a limit just in case)”. I wanted very much to say that, you know....I’m ill, not stupid (of course that’s matter of opinion.....feel free to post a comment!). ‘Comic Relief 2001’ will be good if not the best ever....just you wait, it’ll be worth it. Hopefully.
This used to be one of the best days at school, everyone used to just mess about, even the teachers used to become pretty cool for Comic Relief day, it was just so much fun. We just to think of bright ideas to raise as much money as possible. Some worked and other didn’t. I can remember as 11 year olds we baked a chocolate cake, so you can guess when the prize was revealed and tasted, it didn’t seem a prize to the winner, let’s put it that way. It still makes me chuckle, but in the spirit of things our cooking skills weren’t criticized, and we had a brilliant day that still lives long in the memory. It used to be non-school uniform and we used to sponsor teachers to come in their uniform so they’d be the odd ones out, stupid I know it may sound but it was good and it was good fun. This year there are loads of things to look forward to like the ‘Big Brother’ special with Chris Eubank, Vanessa Feltz, Jack Dee and a few other top names, of course all donations will go to charity. It will be good to watch since I liked ‘Big Brother’ when it came on. There’s also Ali G interviewing Posh and Becks which should be a good laugh and a host of other things to look forward to. It seems like Friday 16th is going to be a great day, so don’t forget to get your red noses. But, to some people let me offer you a bit of advice don’t go round sponsoring everyone if you can’t afford to pay up, it’s not how much you gave just that you gave. We don’t people getting over debt over it, so stick to a limit you can afford, might sound simple but trust me students can get very carried away. Now to the serious things, all the fun and laughs there’s the people who are less fortunate that us. I have heard it said that we shouldn’t raise funds for these people after our own country has poor people. But, I say we should they are part of the human r
ace, our race we are united as one and each and everyone has a duty to look after them. They may be far away, but they should be remembers. Millions of kids die of hunger, lack of medicines, health care etc when we can help them, educate them and make a difference. By setting up pumps so they can have clean water everything counts and everything helps. Of course someone money will go to help charities in Britain so all your money, every last bit of it will be going to a worthy cause. What will I be doing? We are going to get one of our tutors to be a good sport and then throw wet sponges at him, we’ve just got a little but more persuading to do, but I am sure he will come round, and being for a good cause I am sure he will oblige. We don’t get sponsors we just take a bucket round the university halls so student can give some loose change, it's a nightmare tracking students down. There’s loads of events on, and I am sure it’s going to be a fun packed day. But, let’s not forget why!!
I think that comic relief is absolutely brilliant and not only are they doing their bit for charity but they are being entertaining and enjoying themselves at the same time. It doesn't take a lot to help out and as they say every little bit helps. I am especially looking forward to watching the celebrity Big Brother special and I know they are keeping it a secret who is going to be in there. It is amazing what a little gesture from a big star can do even if a popstar says to his fans that it is a good thing to help charities because there young fans look up to them and hang on their every word. It makes all the difference. I myself have a direct debit of only £10 a month to a childrens charity and you may not think that is a lot, which it isn't on its own but imagine all the people that do the same thing. It is what I can afford and I know it is help to somebody somewhere. So even if you just go out a buy a big red nose or put some money into someones charity box as they are doing something silly for Comic Relief just think of that little gesture you have done and how much you have contributed to a great and needy cause and it will make you feel a whole lot better within yourself. Say Pants to Poverty.