Comic relief is a British charity created in 1985 by British comedians. Their aim is to raise money for people in need, both in the UK and abroad, through entertainment and comedy.
Every two years, they hold a big event which takes place nationwide: Red Nose Day (RND). Apart from a big telethon on BBC, and a series of shows, the whole country is invited to take part, by doing something funny for money, either at home, school, or at work. These may include wearing a red nose (hence the name), or simply coming up with something silly / funny that you wouldn’t normally do, and then get sponsored for doing so.
Click on the picture to watch the sketch “Mr. Bean’s Red Nose Day” subtitled in English. It gives an idea of what RND is about.
Over the years, such comedians as Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), or Ricky Gervais (The Office), among many others, have contributed to the shows. This year’s Red Nose Day was on Friday, March 13th.
Many of the materials they produce can be used in the classroom, either in isolation, as a part of a unit about RND, or to raise awareness about social issues and poverty…
If you’d like to see how it works:
(to download the video and English subtitles, you may use http://keepvid.com/, for example. Copy the youtube link, and then download both the video file and the .srt file. Then, if you give the same name to both the video and the subtitle file, and you play the video with VLC player, the subtitles will play automatically, and you won’t depend on -sometimes unrealiable-internet connections).
Sometimes, artists record covers of oldies especially for the occasion, as One Direction did two years ago:
One Direction: One Way or Another (Comic Relief 2013)
(if you use Musixmatch you will get the subtitles for the song)
If you’d like to see how some schools in the UK have participated, you may have a look at, for example, Buxton School in Leytonstone, London.
Pupils of Buxton School in Leytonstone dress in red for Red Nose Day
Alternatively, you may also have a look at the official RND / Comic Relief twitter accounts
How could you use Red Nose Day in your classroom / in your school? Would you wear your red nose for school?