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14th Mar '14 11:36:59 AM Aiguille
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* For information on TheBBC charity, see '''UsefulNotes.ComicRelief'''

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* For information on TheBBC Creator/TheBBC charity, see '''UsefulNotes.ComicRelief'''
21st Mar '12 1:31:21 PM Catbert
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* For characters that act all comic relief, see '''PluckyComicRelief'''

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* For characters that act all as comic relief, see '''PluckyComicRelief'''
21st Mar '12 9:07:15 AM Catbert
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TheBBC's other charity telethon. As the name implies, its main focus is on comedy, with many major British comedians often taking part (and some, such as LennyHenry, are almost expected to appear every year), down to the main motif, a red clown nose that takes a different form with every event.

The telethon, known as Red Nose Day, airs every two years (in March of every odd-numbered year, usually on the third Friday) and is generally similar to ChildrenInNeed in format, with comedy skits and spoofs, appearances by celebrities (often poking fun at themselves), and performances by special musical acts (that often get interfered with by the comedians). All the while, there are short reports showing people in desperate need that Comic Relief has helped. Like with ChildrenInNeed, the BBC News separates the family friendly and the racier parts of the night.

The skits in the Comic Relief telethons often either special versions of BBC comedy shows, or specially made for the telethon. These usually include spoofs, pieces involving a comedian with a celebrity, or a CrossOver between two different programmes (which have a good chance of being [[IntercontinuityCrossOver from two completely different shows]]). The most notable of these is the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spoof ''The Curse of Fatal Death'', the centrepiece of Red Nose Day '99, which was written by StevenMoffat, the writer of {{Coupling}}, some of the most critical and fan acclaimed episodes of the new Who, and current showrunner.

Comic Relief often also have a special charity record to go along with the event. This is usually a [[CoverVersion cover]] performed by a well known pop act alongside a popular comedy act, but is sometimes just a cover by a well known pop act with some comedians doing wacky things in the video. As expected, the song is performed during the telethon, often with interference. Another regular fundraiser is a bright red plastic nose (a different design, or more usually two or three different designs, every time) which is inevitably sold using some variant of the phrase "Pick Your Nose Here".

There's an American version of Comic Relief, which is [[{{Dissimile}} like the British version]], except on HBO instead of free TV, focused on stand-up comedy rather than sketches, running irregularly instead of every two years (most recently for a Hurricane Katrina benefit in 2006), and not involving any red clown noses. It's hosted by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and RobinWilliams.

Not to be confused with PluckyComicRelief.

'''Notable Relief stuff'''
* ''Let's Dance for Comic Relief'' (2009)- Namely celebs doing dance routines. This one included LampshadeHanging on result announcements ("Can we have some dramatic music?") and a StupidSexyFlanders moment involving Robert Webb, "What a Feeling" and a leotard.
* "Is This the Way to Amarillo?" (2005)- A re-release of the 1971 Tony Christie song, with accompanying video featuring, well, a lot of people, including Ronnie Corbett falling off a treadmill. This charity single spent seven weeks at No.1 and a version done by the Royal Dragoon Guards in Iraq crashed a server at the Ministry of Defence because it was being emailed so much.
* 2007 saw a crossover between Lauren Cooper of TheCatherineTateShow and... then Prime Minister TonyBlair, in which he became increasingly exasperated after listening to two straight minutes of her constant chattering, finally responding [[CrowningMomentOfFunny with her own catchphrase]].
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TheBBC's other charity telethon. As the name implies, its main focus is on comedy, with many major British comedians often taking part (and some, such as LennyHenry, are almost expected to appear every year), down to the main motif, a red clown nose that takes a different form with every event.

The telethon, known as Red Nose Day, airs every two years (in March of every odd-numbered year, usually on the third Friday) and is generally similar to ChildrenInNeed in format, with comedy skits and spoofs, appearances by celebrities (often poking fun at themselves), and performances by special musical acts (that often get interfered with by the comedians). All the while, there are short reports showing people in desperate need that Comic Relief has helped. Like with ChildrenInNeed, the BBC News separates the family friendly and the racier parts of the night.

The skits in the Comic Relief telethons often either special versions of BBC comedy shows, or specially made for the telethon. These usually include spoofs, pieces involving a comedian with a celebrity, or a CrossOver between two different programmes (which have a good chance of being [[IntercontinuityCrossOver from two completely different shows]]). The most notable of these is the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spoof ''The Curse of Fatal Death'', the centrepiece of Red Nose Day '99, which was written by StevenMoffat, the writer of {{Coupling}}, some of the most critical and fan acclaimed episodes of the new Who, and current showrunner.

Comic Relief often also have a special charity record to go along with the event.
This is usually a [[CoverVersion cover]] performed by a well known pop disambiguation page.

* For information on TheBBC charity, see '''UsefulNotes.ComicRelief'''
* For characters that
act alongside a popular all comic relief, see '''PluckyComicRelief'''
* For other tropes related to
comedy act, but is sometimes just a cover by a well known pop act with some comedians doing wacky things in the video. As expected, the song is performed during the telethon, often with interference. Another regular fundraiser is a bright red plastic nose (a different design, or more usually two or three different designs, every time) which is inevitably sold using some variant of the phrase "Pick Your Nose Here".

There's an American version of Comic Relief, which is [[{{Dissimile}} like the British version]], except on HBO instead of free TV, focused on stand-up comedy rather than sketches, running irregularly instead of every two years (most recently for a Hurricane Katrina benefit in 2006),
and not involving any red clown noses. It's hosted by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and RobinWilliams.

Not to be confused with PluckyComicRelief.

'''Notable Relief stuff'''
* ''Let's Dance for Comic Relief'' (2009)- Namely celebs doing dance routines. This one included LampshadeHanging on result announcements ("Can we have some dramatic music?") and a StupidSexyFlanders moment involving Robert Webb, "What a Feeling" and a leotard.
* "Is This the Way to Amarillo?" (2005)- A re-release of the 1971 Tony Christie song, with accompanying video featuring, well, a lot of people, including Ronnie Corbett falling off a treadmill. This charity single spent seven weeks at No.1 and a version done by the Royal Dragoon Guards in Iraq crashed a server at the Ministry of Defence because it was being emailed so much.
* 2007 saw a crossover between Lauren Cooper of TheCatherineTateShow and... then Prime Minister TonyBlair, in which he became increasingly exasperated after listening to two straight minutes of her constant chattering, finally responding [[CrowningMomentOfFunny with her own catchphrase]].
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humor, see '''ComedyTropes'''
28th Oct '11 7:29:27 AM OldManHoOh
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The skits in the Comic Relief telethons often either special versions of BBC comedy shows, or specially made for the telethon. These usually include spoofs, pieces involving a comedian with a celebrity, or a CrossOver between two different programmes (which have a good chance of being [[IntercontinuityCrossOver from two completely different shows]]). The most notable of these is the Series/DoctorWho spoof ''The Curse of Fatal Death'', the centrepiece of Red Nose Day '99, which was written by StevenMoffat, the writer of {{Coupling}}, some of the most critical and fan acclaimed episodes of the new Who, and current showrunner.

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The skits in the Comic Relief telethons often either special versions of BBC comedy shows, or specially made for the telethon. These usually include spoofs, pieces involving a comedian with a celebrity, or a CrossOver between two different programmes (which have a good chance of being [[IntercontinuityCrossOver from two completely different shows]]). The most notable of these is the Series/DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'' spoof ''The Curse of Fatal Death'', the centrepiece of Red Nose Day '99, which was written by StevenMoffat, the writer of {{Coupling}}, some of the most critical and fan acclaimed episodes of the new Who, and current showrunner.
11th Jul '11 5:18:44 AM LadyMomus
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The skits in the Comic Relief telethons often either special versions of BBC comedy shows, or specially made for the telethon. These usually include spoofs, pieces involving a comedian with a celebrity, or a CrossOver between two different programmes (which have a good chance of being [[IntercontinuityCrossOver from two completely different shows]]). The most notable of these is the DoctorWho spoof ''The Curse of Fatal Death'', the centrepiece of Red Nose Day '99, which was written by StevenMoffat, the writer of {{Coupling}}, some of the most critical and fan acclaimed episodes of the new Who, and current showrunner.

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The skits in the Comic Relief telethons often either special versions of BBC comedy shows, or specially made for the telethon. These usually include spoofs, pieces involving a comedian with a celebrity, or a CrossOver between two different programmes (which have a good chance of being [[IntercontinuityCrossOver from two completely different shows]]). The most notable of these is the DoctorWho Series/DoctorWho spoof ''The Curse of Fatal Death'', the centrepiece of Red Nose Day '99, which was written by StevenMoffat, the writer of {{Coupling}}, some of the most critical and fan acclaimed episodes of the new Who, and current showrunner.
15th Apr '11 5:02:01 PM DaibhidC
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* "Is This the Way to Amarillo?" (2005)- A re-release of the 1971 Tony Curtis song, with accompanying video featuring, well, a lot of people, including Ronnie Corbett falling off a treadmill. This charity single spent seven weeks at No.1 and a version done by the Royal Dragoon Guards in Iraq crashed a server at the Ministry of Defence because it was being emailed so much.

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* "Is This the Way to Amarillo?" (2005)- A re-release of the 1971 Tony Curtis Christie song, with accompanying video featuring, well, a lot of people, including Ronnie Corbett falling off a treadmill. This charity single spent seven weeks at No.1 and a version done by the Royal Dragoon Guards in Iraq crashed a server at the Ministry of Defence because it was being emailed so much.
23rd Mar '11 5:13:59 PM StansCoffins
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Like with ChildrenInNeed, the telethon is best watched Timeshifted, with liberal use of the fast-forward button. Funny lighthearted sketches sandwiched around scenes of starving African children can lead to major MoodDissonance.
23rd Mar '11 6:16:27 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Like with ChildrenInNeed, the telethon is best watched Timeshifted, with liberal use of the fast-forward button. Funny lighthearted sketches sandwiched around scenes of starving African children can lead to major MoodDissonance [[WallBanger (although this is kind of the point of the entire evening)]].

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Like with ChildrenInNeed, the telethon is best watched Timeshifted, with liberal use of the fast-forward button. Funny lighthearted sketches sandwiched around scenes of starving African children can lead to major MoodDissonance [[WallBanger (although this is kind of the point of the entire evening)]].
MoodDissonance.
23rd Mar '11 3:43:13 AM korax1214
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The telethon, known as Red Nose Day, airs every two years and is generally similar to ChildrenInNeed in format, with comedy skits and spoofs, appearances by celebrities (often poking fun at themselves), and performances by special musical acts (that often get interfered with by the comedians). All the while, there are short reports showing people in desperate need that Comic Relief has helped. Like with ChildrenInNeed, the BBC News separates the family friendly and the racier parts of the night.

to:

The telethon, known as Red Nose Day, airs every two years (in March of every odd-numbered year, usually on the third Friday) and is generally similar to ChildrenInNeed in format, with comedy skits and spoofs, appearances by celebrities (often poking fun at themselves), and performances by special musical acts (that often get interfered with by the comedians). All the while, there are short reports showing people in desperate need that Comic Relief has helped. Like with ChildrenInNeed, the BBC News separates the family friendly and the racier parts of the night.



Comic Relief often also have a special charity record to go along with the event. This is usually a [[CoverVersion cover]] performed by a well known pop act alongside a popular comedy act, but is sometimes just a cover by a well known pop act with some comedians doing wacky things in the video. As expected, the song is performed during the telethon, often with interference.

to:

Comic Relief often also have a special charity record to go along with the event. This is usually a [[CoverVersion cover]] performed by a well known pop act alongside a popular comedy act, but is sometimes just a cover by a well known pop act with some comedians doing wacky things in the video. As expected, the song is performed during the telethon, often with interference.
interference. Another regular fundraiser is a bright red plastic nose (a different design, or more usually two or three different designs, every time) which is inevitably sold using some variant of the phrase "Pick Your Nose Here".
20th Mar '11 9:42:20 AM StansCoffins
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Like with ChildrenInNeed, the telethon is best watched Timeshifted, with liberal use of the fast-forward button. Funny lighthearted sketches sandwiched around scenes of starving African children can lead to major MoodDissonance [[{{Wallbanger}} (although this is kind of the point of the entire evening)]].

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Like with ChildrenInNeed, the telethon is best watched Timeshifted, with liberal use of the fast-forward button. Funny lighthearted sketches sandwiched around scenes of starving African children can lead to major MoodDissonance [[{{Wallbanger}} [[WallBanger (although this is kind of the point of the entire evening)]].
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