There's no doubt that Comic Relief is a fantastic charity that has raised millions and done so much for the people of Africa. It's just such a shame that the eight hours of TV that we are in for this evening will be eight of the unfunniest hours of telly this year.
Don't get me wrong. I will donate. I believe passionately in Comic Relief's mission and, now that I am a father myself, it breaks my heart even more to see children suffering unnecessarily, wherever they are in the world. Furthermore, I have immense admiration for all the amazing things people do to raise cash for CR.
I just can't watch the dire TV 'specials' that make up Comic Relief night on the Beeb.
Is it just me or does Comic Relief night make anyone else feel uncomfortable at the desperation of the hurriedly scripted 'comedy'?
Take That meets Fake That, for instance, will see a bunch of comics lining up with and imitating the Mancunian man band this evening. Hmmm, hysterical!
It seems that a standard Comic Relief comedy special is made up of one or more of the following:
- Flavour-of-the-month celebrity, comedian or Dr Who actor dressing in costume/drag
- Flavour-of-the-month celebrity, comedian or Dr Who actor appearing in EastEnders of Coronation Street
- Coronation Street or EastEnders characters appearing in 'wrong' soap
- News readers dancing to popular song of the moment
- Politician or public figure appearing in familiar sketch show sketch
- Politician or public figure covered in gunge
However, before I am chastised for not donning my comedy red nose or slapping a giant one on the front of my car, I must say that I did enjoy the Big Red Nose Desert Trek on BBC One last night. An inspiring show that pitted celebrities against the African heat in aid of sight clinics, it did more to convince me of the importance of donating, than Comic Relief night itself has done in 20 years!