Since the Comic Relief charity was launched on Christmas Day 1985, it has raised over £650m for good causes around the world.
Along the way, it has made us laugh...and laugh loudly...
The first Red Nose Day was held in February 1988 and the second was in 1989. Since then, they have fallen one every other year - usually in the 2nd or 3rd week of March. The next is this Friday, 18th March 2011.
So, I'm dedicating two blog posts to celebrate this truly British tradition of supporting charity through comedy. This first one revolves around the comedy, my second will revolve around the music.
So, here are some of my Comic Relief Red Nose Day 'Best Comedy Bits'...
It all began here, in 1988.
In fact, it began 240 years earlier. In 1648 to be precise. Here, Blackadder: The Cavalier Years finds our famous favourite at the heart of the English Civil War - on the doomed side of the Royalists!
Best moment - King Charles I (played with a good touch of Prince Charles by Stephen Fry) meeting Oliver Cromwell (an excellent Warren Clarke!). Brilliant!
From that original programme also, University Challenge with The Young Ones!
Moving on to 1989, Rowan Atkinson again takes the chair but this time as the host of the 'Master Member' quiz with Lord Hailsham, David Owen, Gerald Kaufman, Kenneth Baker, Leon Britton, John Smith, David Steel and Shirley Williams.
Again from 1989, a special Who's Line Is It Anyway, hosted by Clive Anderson with guests Stephen Fry, Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, and John Sessions.
From 1991, a Hugh Laurie news sketch. Whatever happened to him?!
1993 saw Mr Bean's Red Nose Day.
It also saw Victor Meldrew take a bath and ask that immortal question - 'Is Nicholas Parsons dead?!'
1993 also saw a special Mr Bean's Blind Date!
In 1995, we saw a new skating star take to the ice. It's Torvill & Bean!
Moving forward, 1999 saw The Vicar of Dibley meet Johnny Depp!
1999 also saw Alan Partridge sing Kate Bush!
2001 saw Eastenders get in on the Comic Relief act - keep an eye out for some of the good old characters from a decade ago! Also, gotta love the writers in the 'Story Conference'!
2003 saw comedic turns in a Comic Relief Blankety Blank by, amongst others, Matt Lucas as Su Pollard, David Walliams as Ruth Madoc, Martin Freeman as Johnny Rotten and Simon Pegg as Freddie Starr. Peter Serafinowicz meanwhile perfected Terry Wogan!
2005 saw Little Britain's Daffyd interview Elton John!
Here, Lou and Andy meet George Michael!
2007 saw the Nan Taylor take on the Banker in Deal or No Deal!
It also saw the return of a now married Vicar of Dibley in a Celebrity Wife Swap with Sting!
The latest installment in 2009 saw Davina McCall Vs David Tennant at Comic Relief Mastermind!
There's so much more that I could've chosen but it gives at least, a glimpse of our comedic talent doing good through the ages.
Keep an eye out for my next installment - Comic Relief (1988-2011) - My Best Musical Bits