Friday, March 11, 2005

My first Red Nose Day

Today is Red Nose Day. I don’t know how far this event extends beyond the UK, but I’ve never heard of it in America, so I’ll describe it for those of you who also might have made the mistake that it is a special day of the year set aside to glorify clowns. It does, however, involve clown noses, which is still kind of sick but not as sick as giving the actual creatures their own holiday. Red Nose Day, in fact, is a nationwide charity event which basically consists of people doing silly things to raise money for starving people in Africa. But it’s a lot more fun than it sounds, because celebrities get really into it and there was an 8-hour Comic Relief special tonight where Robbie Williams appeared in a Little Britain sketch and YAY.

They also had a Celebrity Fame Academy for Red Nose Day, which lasted 11 days and was on every night. I don’t know why I watched it so much, since they’re already famous and who cares if they win a singing competition? But ah-hah, the money from the voting goes to charity, so it’s cool. We invented a drinking game to go with it, so we had to do a shot every time people did certain things, like if Adrian touched the floor, or Gina licked her lips, or Kim stroked the microphone stand like it was a thin metal cock. We just invented it on the fly one night, but it was really good because we always got really drunk really fast.

So everyone is a winner on Red Nose Day -- great television for the people at home, and a fun way to raise lots and lots of money raised for charity. The only downside to all of this is the obsession with this fucking clown nose. People have been wearing them for weeks in preparation for Red Nose Day but they freak me out, because not only are they clown noses (TERROR) but they have little faces and crazy hairstyles on them as well (SHUDDER). It’s like there’s a whole clown face on the end of your nose. Ewwwwwww.

Other than that, it’s great. Giving money to charity in the UK seems a lot more mainstream. Every Christmas they have a Band Aid single where lots of famous musicians get together and make a single to raise money for charity and the whole country tries to get it to number one on the charts. And for Red Nose Day all these comedians have done specials and one-offs and everyone is happy and loves giving lots of money to help starving people in Africa.

I’m just so relieved it has nothing to do with clowns.


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