Comic Relief has been running since 1985 and has raised over £1 billion since then.
First established by writer Richard Curtis and comedian Sir Lenny Henry, the money from fundraising and donations goes towards charitable efforts in the UK and abroad.
Each year, various events take place in the run-up to the main event: a televised special, featuring various comedians, actors, and celebrities.
Popular TV shows will often do comedy skits or specials of their shows in order to encourage viewers to donate money.
Another common way for the general public to get involved is by buying a red nose and wearing it on Red Nose Day, the same day as the telethon, to show support for the cause.
Here’s when to expect Comic Relief in 2022 and how to take part.
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When is Comic Relief 2022?
This year, Comic Relief will air on Friday March 18th.
This is also when Red Nose Day will fall in 2022, where schools and workplaces across the country encourage students and employees to buy and wear a red nose in support of Comic Relief.
How to watch Comic Relief 2022
You can watch the telethon live on BBC One, or catch up on BBC iPlayer.
So far, we know that Sir Lenny Henry, David Tennant, Paddy McGuinness, and Zoe Ball will be hosting the fundraising show, and will undoubtedly be joined by a number of other famous faces.
For example, comedians Tim Vine and Kiri Pritchard-McLean will be presenting their own take on Countryfile’s One Red Nose and Their Dog competition in Wales.
The BBC’s The One Show will also have a special episode of their evening schedule and five celebrities will take part in a special of BBC Three’s Glow Up, a make-up industry competition.
CBeebies’ will also get the little ones involved with a Red Nose Day series of celebrities reading bedtime stories.
How to take part in Red Nose Day 2022
It’s not only celebrities who can get involved in Red Nose Day 2022.
You can register here for a free fundraising pack and other tools in order to throw your own fundraising event and help raise money for worthwhile causes.
Of course, like every year, you can also a red nose, T-shirts, aprons, or other accessories from the Comic Relief shop to show support, with proceeds also going to charity.
One of this year’s main events will see diving Olympian Tom Daley take on an endurance challenge of rowing, cycling, swimming, and running in aid of Comic Relief.
Starting on February 14th, he will travel from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, where he won his first Olympic medal, to his hometown of Plymouth over the course of four days.
Daley will also be visiting various places with personal significance to him, such as Team GB Rowing’s training ground at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake, Southampton, where he started his diving career back in 2003, and Dartmoor National Park where he married his husband in 2017 .