Times may be tough, but Comic Relief delivers

The world may be in the clutches of the global economic crisis, but that didn’t stop the generosity of Britons Friday. The biennial Comic Relief Red Nose Day brought in a record 57 million pounds for African aid.

Dozens of stars and comics delivered hilarious performances during the telethon, broadcast on BBC1, including James Corden.

Marking the halfway point in a month that will see four major Corden releases or appearances (the premiere of Horne & Corden, Red Nose Day, the release of Lesbian Vampire Killers, and a charity event for Teenage Cancer Trust), his Red Nose Day sketch featured Corden’s character from Gavin & Stacey – Smithy – dressing down the England football squad.

The 2007 Red Nose Day event raised 44 million pounds.

SOURCE: Reuters UK; “Comic Relief raises £57 million for Africa;” Castle, Tim; 14 March 2009.

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