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Not laughing

I am not ungenerous by nature, or so I like to think. I put my spare change in various collection boxes, and I make  donations to good causes. Against that background, what I’m about to say now makes me feel guilty, but it’s true nonetheless; I don’t like telethon fund-raisers in general, and I positively dislike Comic Relief. No, it’s not simply because the awful Miranda Hart is usually all over it; fact is I’ve found it a turn-off for most of its 25 years. The concept of ‘Do something funny for money’ just doesn’t work for me. All they need to say is ‘Pledge a wedge’ and I will. I don’t need spoiled celebs shedding crocodile tears on the telly to make me aware that there are appalling things taking place in the same time zone as me, give or take an hour or two. Nor do I need them monopolising a whole evening’s telly doing things which are unlikely to bring me, and many other sentient people, even close to laughter.

No, I won’t give any more because Jack Dee and a few others  go white-water rifting down the Zambesi rapids, but I won’t give any less either.

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  1. Alison
    March 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Amen to that. I can’t bear anybody telling me that I must give money to anything, and I certainly don’t want a bunch of over-paid celebrities, or wannabe celebrities, telling me to pledge. And I’ve yet to find anything remotely funny. And now I sound like a real middle-aged curmudgeon, but there we go. I’m happy to give money, have my dedicated charities, but at least they aren’t in your face like this one.

    Bah, and indeed, humbug.

  2. Janice
    March 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Could,t agree more I will be watching a CD tonight because I have finished reading all your Skinner books. When is the next one out?

  3. Alistair Beaton
    March 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    “I positively dislike Comic Relief”

    Me too. Avoid it like the plague. Did you see Steph McGovern on BBC Breakfast this morning? Never saw anything more idiotic… pathetic.

  4. Diana P
    March 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thank heavens, someone with the guts to say this. I acknowledge that it produces a lot of money (£75m this year), but it must be one of the most irritating and intrusive of events. I thought I had read that ‘chugging’ had now been outlawed – would that this might be too.

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