Richard Curtis will join Shaun Keaveny on the morning of Red Nose Day to provide the very last “Song of Praise” — a regular feature in which listeners could talk about anything they thought praiseworthy, accompanied by a suitable song.
Keaveny will also be joined in the BBC Radio Theatre by comedy guests Tim Vine, Adam Buxton, the Horne Section, and Mark King and his incredible disco bass, who will be participating in another of the Breakfast Show’s regular features: a live version of Middle-Aged Shout-Outs. And Keaveny will be getting a waxing for Comic Relief — though we don’t know the extent of the deforestation. Will it be a boyzillian, a back, sac and crack, or an all-over body ripper?
The Red Nose Day hi-jinx are the culmination of a Comedy Legends Week on the show. Ade Edmondson will be guesting on Monday, with Simon Pegg providing his Song of Praise over the phone; on Tuesday Michael Palin will be in the studio, with Arthur Smith doing Song of Praise; Wednesday sees Charlie Higson joining Keaveny and Jessica Hynes giving her Song of Praise; while Stewart Lee is the guest on Thursday, with Eddie Izzard on the phone.
What they’ll all be praising is anyone’s bet, but it has to be odds-on that on Friday Richard Curtis will be giving fulsome thanks to all involved with Comic Relief over the past 28 years, from fundraisers to comedians and the people who run the projects funded by the charity.