Cambridgeshire

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Stand Up for Comic Relief

Paul Stainton for Comic Relief 2011
Image caption Radio Cambridgeshire's Paul Stainton is in training to Stand Up for Comic Relief 2011

Red Nose Day 2011 takes place on Friday, 18 March - with the nation ready to do something funny for money.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is setting the example by attempting to turn Peterborough Breakfast Show presenter, Paul Stainton, into a stand up comedian.

Paul will have just one month to practise before performing at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

The venue will host a special Red Nose Day event on Wednesday, 9 March.

It's hard to imagine anything more terrifying than standing on stage trying to make people laugh, but that's the challenge our fearless presenter has taken on - and he wants your support!

For this year's Red Nose Day appeal Paul will be raising money - and hopefully a few laughs - by learning the ropes, writing a routine, then performing it on stage in front of a paying crowd as part of Stand Up for Comic Relief.

You'll be able to follow his progress on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and judge for yourself whether Paul's got what it takes to be Cambridgeshire's comedian for Comic Relief.

Full details of the concert at The Apex will be announced shortly.

Stand up Paul

Each BBC local radio station in the East has been asked to nominate one member of staff to undertake a crash course in stand up comedy.

Paul provides plenty of laughs on his breakfast show, so this should be a doddle, surely?

"Well, it's easy to be funny on the radio, because you can just close the fader - but to be constantly funny for five minutes?

"I need help!" Paul said.

"I need you to stand by me, back me up and send me some jokes - but most of all, donate some money to Comic Relief.

"We're determined to win here at Radio Cambridgeshire - we're funnier than the rest of 'em put together!"

Judge for yourself at the grand Stand Up for Comic Relief event at The Apex on 9 March 2011.

Your cash

The aim of Red Nose Day is to have a laugh while raising money which can transform lives across Africa and the UK.

Across the UK your cash can help to provide comfort for isolated older people and help to give young carers their childhoods back.

In fact it is likely you are never more than 30 miles from a Comic Relief-supported project.

In Africa, your money helps to restore people's sight, to protect families from deadly malaria, to give an education to children whose lives have been torn apart by war, and so much more.

Image caption Make a date for this year's local comedy spectacular on 9 March

Text to donate

To show your support for Paul Stainton on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire text "CAMBS" to 70011.

Texts cost £1 plus your standard network message charge.

£1 per text goes to Comic Relief.

You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission.

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Take part

To find out how you can raise money and take part in Comic Relief, visit the Red Nose Day 2011 website.

If you are hosting a local fundraising event and would like to tell us about it than let us know by emailing: cambridgeshire@bbc.co.uk

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