The Comic Relief Spectacular event is set to wow Wembley this February as many of the undoubted giants of British comedy will look to provide an unforgettable night of fun and frolics for their eager audience. For the first time, 8 of the country’s top comedians will share a stage on one night to raise funds for the worthy charitable cause.

It promises to be an amazing evening, with long-established comics such as Lenny Henry, John Bishop, Catherine Tate and Jimmy Carr all bringing their own distinct brand of humour to proceedings. Not forgetting Chatty Man Alan Carr, nor some of the fast-emerging talents of the industry such as Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan and Katherine Ryan who are all set to appear on 28th February at the London comedy extravaganza.

There could yet be more surprises on the night, as organisers have promised that additional special guests will be joining the merriment.

Comic Relief’s beginnings

Comic Relief was founded back in 1985 thanks to the initial energy and commitment provided by the partnership of the brilliant comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and funnyman Henry, quickly establishing itself as a hugely successful vehicle for raising much-needed monies for worthy causes thanks to the gift of comedy.

The wonderful partnership of Curtis and Henry

Curtis may be unfamiliar to many in person, but his back catalogue of film successes will be fondly remembered by fans of popular offerings such as “Notting Hill”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary”.

Henry has become one of the most familiar faces on Television over the years, thanks to his charisma and an ability to portray an array of characters that are genuinely funny. Their combination provided the starting point for the original concept to expand and gradually gain momentum.

Ethiopian famine inspiration

The inspiration behind Comic Relief was the distressing images that were being beamed across the world at the time depicting the effects of the ongoing and heart-breaking famine in Ethiopia.

So much so that the world of comedy felt as though it was time for them to show their compassion and pull together in the African nation’s time of dire need.

Welcome addition to Red Nose Day

As ever, Red Nose Day on 15th March and its integral permission to be silly for one special day and sport a colourful appendage to your face remain the focus for television viewers, allowing millions of Brits to get involved. But the addition of the Comic Relief Spectacular event at the SSE Arena looks set to add extra interest and hopefully to boost the coffers significantly this year.