Red Nose Day: Time for a tee-hee break

To mark Red Nose Day, celebrities are donning the official T-shirt and showing off their funny side.

It’s dark, cold and summer feels far away. So thank goodness for Red Nose Day, which promises some much-needed laughs on 15 March. On TV, presenters including Emma Willis, Alesha Dixon, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny Henry will host comedy specials and side-splitting sketches to raise funds to help the most vulnerable people around the world. And to kick off the snigger season, the biggest names in sport and entertainment are having a giggle for a good cause modelling this year’s Comic Relief T-shirts, depicting red nosed Disney characters. From groan-worthy gags to perfect pranks, we look at what makes these stars laugh, their funniest moments and Hollywood’s biggest jokers…

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR

Greg Williams

He’s known for his serious roles, but the 12 Years a Slave actor is so funny he makes Hollywood icons crack up. His The Secret in Their Eyes co-star Julia Roberts called him a ‘really humorous comrade’. She added: ‘He is so talented and English and handsome – I thought those didn’t equate to belly-laughing. I was happy to find out that they do.’

GARETH SOUTHGATE

Greg Williams

The unlikely prankster During the 1998 World Cup, England players dared each other to slip song titles into their interviews. Gareth was one of the best, mentioning George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ and Wham!’s ‘Club Tropicana’ when talking to the press.

His funniest moment What did Gareth Southgate do after missing the decisive Euro 96 penalty? He showed off his self-deprecating humour by starring in a tongue-in-cheek ad for Pizza Hut alongside England stars Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle, who’d also missed key penalties.

AMANDA SEYFRIED

Greg Williams

She looks so innocent… The Mamma Mia! star admits: ‘I love sick jokes. I can’t tell you any, but what I will say is that nothing shocks me. Really nothing. Gross things make me laugh like a 12-year-old.’

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY

Greg Williams

On her sense of humour Don’t let Rosie’s smouldering pout fool you. ‘I love it when people say I’m funny. It’s the best compliment,’ she says.

How to seduce a supermodel ‘I do love guys who will take the p*** out of me – that will always set me off laughing. Good banter and having the confidence to come over and make fun of me is always a good way to get me going.’

Her comedy heroine Rosie’s mother Fiona is, she has said, ‘full of fire and passion and loads of fun. Wicked sense of humour, dirty laugh, loves a drink.’

LEWIS HAMILTON

Greg Williams

The Formula 1 star’s ‘kidnap’ video with Will Smith is so hilarious it’s been watched some 13.7 million times. In it the Men in Black actor gaffer-tapes Lewis to a chair just minutes before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final so that he can replace him on the track. He tells him: ‘You’re black, I’m black, ain’t nobody going to know the difference.’ The sight of Lewis trying to escape, crying out, ‘You better win, man. You better win!’ has had fans crying with laughter.

OLLY MURS

Greg Williams

The ‘Troublemaker’ singer is such a fan of terrible gags he’s even won a celebrity ‘bad joke off’ with corkers such as, ‘What did the blanket say when it fell off the bed? Oh sheet.’
His latest favourite? Q:Why did the scarecrow win an award? A: Because he was outstanding in his field.

ELEANOR TOMLINSON

Greg Williams

Our cover star was caught performing the floss dance on the Poldark set. Now she reveals her favourite joke: Q: What do you call a deer with no eyes? A: No idea.

Support Red Nose Day 2019 with a T-shirt designed by Disney, sold exclusively at tkmaxx.com and its stores nationwide. Prices start at £6.99 for a kid’s T-shirt and £9.99 for an adult tee. At least £4.50 from the sale of each adult shirt and £2.50 from each kid’s shirt will go to Comic Relief to help vulnerable children and young people in the UK and globally. comicrelief.com