Creator/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 Creator/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 (ever since the second telethon in 1989, March of every odd-numbered year, usually on the third Friday; the first one was [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in 1988 and aired on the first Friday in February]]) and is generally similar to Series/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 Series/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 Creator/StevenMoffat, the writer of ''Series/{{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 each time; in recent years two or three different designs have turned up per appeal -- inevitably sold using some variant of the phrase "Pick Your Nose Here".

In even-numbered years, an event called '''Sport Relief''' runs instead. The actual telethon is similar to Comic Relief, but the events surrounding it are more sport-oriented and include celebrities (notably David Walliams and Helen Skelton) taking on endurance challenges, and fun runs all over the country under the "Sport Relief Mile" banner.

For several years there was an American version of Comic Relief, which was [[{{Dissimile}} like the British version]], except that it aired on Creator/{{HBO}} instead of free TV, focused on stand-up comedy rather than sketches, ran irregularly instead of every two years (the last HBO Comic Relief special was for a Hurricane Katrina benefit in 2006), and didn't involve any red clown noses. It was hosted by Creator/BillyCrystal, Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, and Creator/RobinWilliams. On May 21, 2015, Creator/{{NBC}} and the charity America Gives Back revived Comic Relief in America in the form of a Red Nose Day telethon. The first of its kind in America, and the first Comic Relief-related special across the pond since the aforementioned Hurricane Katrina benefit almost 9 years previously, this telethon is significantly closer to the British version except its focus is mainly on helping children and families who are living in poverty. The initial telecast proved to be so popular that NBC decided to make it an annual event. Starting with the second edition, plastic red noses have been Walgreens exclusives.

Not to be confused with PluckyComicRelief.
!!Notable Relief stuff:
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' (1988), a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SXf9-Z3jwk brief episode]], but notable for being by ''Blackadder'' writer and Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis (who had had thought up the charity with Lenny Henry in 1985).
* 1989 saw the death of Harry Enfield's Loadsamoney character. While this initially appeared to be a one-off gag, it turned out Enfield was worried about MisaimedFandom and took the opportunity to retire the character.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (1994), a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hra0I-w3XBY brief bit]] done for the American Comic Relief that had pretty much all the main cast except Patrick Stewart. The bit, in which some Comic Relief artifacts are found on a planet's surface, is done in such a way that it really doesn't look out-of-place in the ''Trek'' mythos.
* Several ''Mr. Bean'' sketches, with Rowan Atkinson reprising the role:
** ''Blind Date'', with him as a Bachelor on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLNhVC296YI the long-running British dating show]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb90tC5UpQw Torvill and Bean]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW1tjCI4w7E Mr. Bean's Wedding]] (but not his own; he's just attending a wedding)
* "[=BallyKissDibley=]" (1997), a {{crossover}} between ''Series/{{Ballykissangel}}'' and ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley''.
* ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'' (1999), a spoof ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do-wDPoC6GM adventure]] starring Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor and Jonathan Pryce as the Master. Written by Creator/StevenMoffat, who would later go on to write for the series upon its actual return in 2005 and run the series beginning in 2010.
** Amusingly, the BBC released ''Curse'' (re-edited into a two-parter with a new opening sequence for one) on VHS just like any other ''Who'' story, using the same formatting and all.
* 2003 featured Jack Dee stuck on top of a column all night, a parody sketch of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' featuring Dawn French as a [[GenderFlip female Harry]] and Jeremy Irons as a self-obsessed Snape, and a celebrity driving school where Paul O'Grady lost his temper after finding out he failed his first test by one point.
* "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 ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' and... then Prime Minister UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, in which he became increasingly exasperated after listening to two straight minutes of her constant chattering, finally responding [[FunnyMoments with her own catchphrase]].
* The same year featured a sketch where Lauren's class got a new English teacher played by Creator/DavidTennant. Cue avalanche of ''Series/DoctorWho'' jokes (this was after Tate had appeared in "The Runaway Bride", but before she was a year-long companion).
* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' (2007), a "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2eha1ff-aE mini-episode]]" with Nan of ''The Catherine Tate Show''. The whole thing is played '''extremely''' straight.
* ''Series/TopGear [[Series/TopOfThePops of the Pops]]'' (2007), a crossover between the car show and the music showcase, featuring the ''Top Gear'' presenters introducing various musical acts instead of cars, talking about music-related topics during the news, charging Music/McFly with writing a new song for the special using the words "sofa", "Hyundai", and "administration", and concluding with a performance of "Red Light Spells Danger" by the ''Top Gear'' Band.
* ''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.
* 2013 had Music/JessieJ shaving her head, a skit where [[Series/TheXFactor Simon Cowell]] gets [[{{Narcissist}} married]] [[SelfDeprecation to himself]], and [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], alongside the cast of ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', trying to stop the birth of the most terrifying being the universe has ever seen... Jedward.
* The 2015 campaign added a twist to the red noses -- there were ''nine'' designs packaged in blind bags/boxes, so a buyer didn't know which one they received until they opened it. On top of that, 12 noses were ''golden'' instead of red. [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory If that]] [[CharlieAndTheChocolateParody sounds familiar]], it should -- anyone who found a golden nose received a VIP package to the West End musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''.
** During the actual show, Series/MrBean made a triumphant return, [[TheFunInFuneral wreaking havoc at a funeral.]] There was also a ''Series/LittleBritain'' sketch where David Walliams looked after his new patient, UsefulNotes/StephenHawking ({{as himself}}). In a separate segment, Walliams broke the world record for most kisses received in 30 seconds (by 5), with help from Creator/OrlandoBloom and Barbara Windsor.
** In the days leading up to the 2015 NBC version, ''Series/{{Today}}'''s Matt Lauer engaged in a cross-country bike ride to raise funds. This led to a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]] when his former co-anchor Katie Couric [[http://www.today.com/video/katie-couric-in-nurses-outfit-brings-matt-first-aid-448701507538 showed up in nurse garb to assist him on his quest.]] In the telethon itself, [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit the Frog]] and Music/EdSheeran [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwVIMN7m-lw duetted]] [[Film/TheMuppetMovie "The Rainbow Connection"]] and Music/{{Coldplay}} attempted to [[AllMusicalsAreAdaptations adapt]] ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAiRvXnL6jE into a musical]].
* All profits from the sale of ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' and ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'' were donated to Comic Relief.
* The 2017 telethon hit the screens on March 24th. Among other things of note, WebVideo/JonathanPie moved from the fake version of UsefulNotes/ChildrenInNeed featured in his live show, to provide the same kind of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueV8BLU4gsY parody]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXsan94Ov7c behind-the-scenes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcJqKRp95p8 material]] for a very real version of Comic Relief.