Comic Relief

Thanks a Billion!

Lenny Henry | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lenny Henry

It was such a spur of the moment notion when Richard Curtis and a few of us got it going that it's hard to believe it has gone on to become so close to people's hearts. Back in 1985 Ethiopia was being torn apart by famine, and a gaggle of fresh faced comedians thought they might be able to raise a bob or two to help. Three decades and a billion pounds later though what's changed? For starters there's still a big perception that it's only Africa that benefits. The reality is very different. Since Comic Relief began, projects funded in the UK have touched the lives of more than 10million people.

Cause Marketing - Doing Funny Things for Money and More

Dr Arlo Brady | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Dr Arlo Brady

Despite my inbuilt cynicism, I can see that these campaigns have had a material impact on causes. And when you consider that brands don't have to do this, and could just spend the money on traditional marketing, I am really inspired.

Russell 'Rants About Comic Relief' Days After Fronting The Charity's Telethon

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Russell Brand has launched a bizarre attack on Comic Relief, just days after fronting the BBC’s Red Nose Day telethon. Russell was among the sta...

Emma Stars In 'Vicar Of Dibley' Sketch

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Emma Watson made a surprise appearance during Friday night’s Comic Relief telethon, starring in a ‘Vicar Of Dibley’ sketch. The ‘Harry Pot...

Watch Out 1D! No Direction Perform For Comic Relief

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

One Direction need to watch their backs, as there’s a hot new band on the block - No Direction have arrived. The group performed ‘Best Song Ev...

Mwah! David And Orlando Pucker Up After Stephen Hawking Sketch

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

David Walliams was one of the many A-listers who did something funny for money on Friday night, in a bid to raise cash for Comic Relief. In previo...

BPG Awards - Sceptics Who Forecast the Death of TV in the Internet Age Have Been Proven Wrong

Gideon Spanier | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gideon Spanier

The sceptics who forecast the death of TV in the internet age have been proven wrong. For proof, look no further than the winner of our best factual entertainment show, Gogglebox, a show about people watching people watching TV. It's what we love to do.

How Much Cash Did #DancingDermot Raise For Comic Relief?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Dermot O’Leary's efforts weren't in vain and the ‘X Factor’ presenter's danceathon raised a whooping £643,336 for Comic Relief. Dermot’s...

Which Former Bond Has Daniel Craig Teamed Up With For Comic Relief?

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Bagwell | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Two Bonds are set to meet when Daniel Craig and Roger Moore star in a special one-off 007-themed sketch for this year’s Comic Relief Red Nose Day. ...

My 24 Hours as a Midwife

Doon Mackichan | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Doon Mackichan

My first pregnancy resulted in a complication and I needed extra medical help. I realise how lucky I am. If I lived in Uganda I would be dead. It should be a basic human right to have a baby in a safe environment with adequate medical support.

The Woman With the 'Wooden Vagina'

Agnes Pareyio | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Agnes Pareyio

The changing attitudes have to do with FGM now being considered a form of gender based violence and a violation of human rights. Although it is not automatically understood this way in certain parts of the country where FGM is still deeply entrenched in culture, we see more people understand the concept that even young girls have rights.

Kids in Camps

Jezza Neumann | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Jezza Neumann

It should be the right of every child to have an education but more than that - as Grace also says - education is the way to build a country. As a film maker, what I have witnessed is a tragedy. In Africa today, thousands of bright young minds are being lost in a sea of war and displacement.

Community Lies at the Heart of Comic Relief's Operation Health

Ilya Jones | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

Comic Relief's Operation Health project, the focus of this year's Red Nose Day campaign, will completely renovate a dilapidated health centre in Iyolwa, Uganda. Operation Health is at the centre of a fundraising drive to improve healthcare across Africa by showing how money well spent can be used to improve health systems.

You Need To Hear Sam Smith And John Legend's Comic Relief Single

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Sam Smith and John Legend have revealed the 2015 Comic Relief single, which is a new version of Sam’s track ‘Lay Me Down’. British singer Sa...

Girls Should Have the Right to Say 'You're Not Cutting My Parts Up'

Tolu Aderinto | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK
Tolu Aderinto

We are so excited to be part of the BBC Three Comic Relief documentary, Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special. We have been on a journey trying to publicise FGM. To go from learning about it amongst ourselves in a little room to talking about it on national TV is really exciting and we're all really proud of ourselves.

Hmmmm... Not Your Strongest Look, Cheryl

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has proven herself over the years to be a versatile style icon capable of pulling off all kinds of looks… but we’re not s...

No Mother Should Have to Endure the Pain of Burying Three Babies

Mary Amali | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK
Mary Amali

This is all the motivation I needed to become a member of the volunteer health team. I work closely with Iyolwa Clinic to make sure pregnant women in the community are identified early and all possible precautions are taken to ensure a safe delivery. I make sure the women attend their prenatal appointments, get regular check-ups and take their medication.

WISE WORDS: Robbie Savage On Ponytails And Dealing With Disappointment

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

HuffPostUK Entertainment is pleased to announce a brand new section - WISE WORDS - where we ask our favourite personalities from all walks of life abo...

Stephen Hawking? Yeah, I Know

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Professor Stephen Hawking is to appear with David Walliams in a special sketch for Red Nose Day. SEE MORE: Stephen Hawking Reacts To Eddie Redmayn...

24 Cats And Dogs To Inspire You To Make Your Face Funny For Red Nose Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Comedy

The theme of this year's Red Nose Day is 'Make Your Face Funny For Money'. So if you're after some ideas for how to do just that, may we suggest fo...

Operation Health for Comic Relief Is the First Time I've Taken on a Deliberate Challenge

Gonza Kagwa | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Gonza Kagwa

It was late last year when I heard about Operation Health for Comic Relief. Putting aside the obvious question "How on Earth did they get my number?" I was immediately paralysed by the size and the timescales of the project. Renovating a dilapidated health centre in rural Uganda in just nine weeks sounded ambitious, but I was immediately sold and knew I had to be a part of it.

The Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief

Gill Alexander | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gill Alexander

This week we had comedian David Mitchell, actor Michael "I am the most competitive person IN. THE. WORLD." Sheen, Radio 1 DJ Jameela Jamil (I had to google her. Yes, I know. Shut up), and education campaigner but let's face it, better known as the wife-of-Gordon, Sarah Brown.

Operation Health for Comic Relief: The Positivity I Experienced in Uganda is Completely Infectious

Yasmin Evans | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Yasmin Evans

Before leaving the UK I had an idea of what to expect, but I never could have imagined how much of an impact the people would have on me. The positivity I experienced in Uganda is completely infectious and the individuals that I met had the biggest smiles, the biggest hearts. 

Without Enough Inspired Nurses There Will Be a Decline in Basic Healthcare Provisions in Uganda

Martha Amoo | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Martha Amoo

I was one of the lucky ones. I was born into a supportive family that could afford to give me an education. There are 32 nursing schools in Uganda but tuition fees and lack of opportunities mean many young girls are unable to follow in my footsteps.

What Do Nutritionists Think Of Joanna Lumley's 'I Don't Eat Meals' Statement?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Joanna Lumley's figure has remained practically the same since her Absolutely Fabulous days, but the 68-year-old caused quite a stir when she revealed...