Comic Relief is expanding on the internet with a series of video sketches featuring up-and-coming comedy stars.
The first Comic Relief Originals offering, launched today, is a 6 minute sketch that imagines the meeting to choose the design of the new red nose. It features Lolly Adefope, Jamie Demetriou, Natasia Demetriou, Rhys James and Nick Mohammed.
The sketch can be watched here:
Talking about the video, Comic Relief says: "If this footage is anything to go by, this team proves that there in fact IS such thing as a bad idea."
Jamie Demetriou says: "I've loved being involved in Red Nose Day this year. Growing up, I'd pop my nose on and glue myself to the TV whenever Comic relief was on, so being involved is a bit of a dream come true."
The sketch, released exclusively on the Comic Relief YouTube channel, is the first from the new comedy series written and performed by "the freshest comedy talent in Britain today." Further sketches are due to be published in the run up to Red Nose Day, and involve sketch groups Massive Dad and Beasts, comic actors London Hughes, Liam Williams and Anna Morris, and "many, many more."
Also new for this year, Comic Relief is also organising a series of live comedy gigs. Lenny Henry, Jo Brand and John Bishop are amongst the hosts, with performers set to include sketch group Daphne and stand-ups Dane Baptiste, Sophie Hagen, Kieran Hodgson and Luisa Omielan.
Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis says: "Red Nose Day has always benefited from the support of incredible British comic talent, so it seems right that this year we're handing the mic over to some of the most exciting new names on the circuit, from writers to stand-ups and actors. The special Comic Relief Live gigs and the new YouTube series are a chance to see the comedy stars of tomorrow in action."
Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March 2017. Highlights on BBC One are set to include a new Love Actually special, French & Saunders reuniting, Vic & Bob reprising their characters The Stotts and David Walliams meeting his 'nemisis'. More info
To donate to Comic Relief, visit comicrelief.com