Stars of comedy and film support search for best young comedy writer

Richard Curtis, Sir Lenny Henry, Miranda Hart, Sara Pascoe, and David Walliams give their backing to a new BBC joke writing competition and literacy campaign for children aged 6 to 12.

BBC Learning have launched a brand new competition in association with Comic Relief, Blue Peter and the National Literacy Trust to encourage children to have a giggle in the classroom and to get involved with Red Nose Day 2017. Following on from the success of BBC Comedy Classroom [launched in April 2016] which saw Sarah Jayne, Samuel and Tom crowned as the future of British comedy, the ‘Red Nose Day Comedy Classroom with Blue Peter’ competition will provide resources to teachers and call upon children aged 6-12 across the UK to write three funny, original and creative jokes.

The winners in each age category (age 6-8 and 9-12) will see their rib-tickling jokes performed live on a special Red Nose Day Blue Peter programme in March next year.  They’ll also have a chance to visit the Blue Peter studio to see the programme and will receive an orange Blue Peter competition winner’s badge, a signed certificate and a Comedy Classroom trophy. The final judging panel will include both Richard Curtis and Miranda Hart.

Teachers will be able to nurture their future comedy geniuses by using free downloadable classroom resources and activities produced by the National Literacy Trust with BBC Learning. Activities will include contributions from a host of comedic stars including David Walliams, Sir Lenny Henry, Sara Pascoe, Doc Brown and Peter Kay. All of these resources can be easily integrated into lessons about joke writing and to put on comedy shows to get involved with Red Nose Day; and are drawn from the curriculum requirements for literacy and build on key reading, writing and speaking skills.

Richard Curtis, writer, director and Comic Relief co-founder shows his support by saying; “We take comedy very seriously at Comic Relief. In our 32 years of Red Nose Days, we’ve raised more than £1billion for our amazing projects here in the UK and in Africa – so it’s great to be partnering with the BBC’s Comedy Classroom to help children write their own jokes and comedy for Red Nose Day 2017. It’s a fantastic way to get involved in Red Nose Day and we hope we might even uncover the next generation of comedy writers. Good luck.”

The competition closes on 28 February 2017. For further details of entry visit

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