4th March 2019

BBC Radio 1’s 24-hour LOL-a-thon returns for Red Nose Day 2019, but this time it’s bigger, better and LOL-er than before!

Today Radio 1 kicked off a six-day joke gathering tour of the UK in preparation for the challenge which begins at 1pm on Wednesday 6th March.

Scott Mills and Chris Stark will be making their laughs matter once again to raise vital funds for Comic Relief.

Thursday 28th February: Today Radio 1 set off on a six-day journey around the UK with The Book of LOL - a supersized joke book that’s on a quest to follow the funny across the UK, finding the most hilarious named places and meeting the funniest people along the way. Radio 1 presenter Jordan North kick started the tour this morning from Nob End in Greater Manchester.

As well as creating comical radio, the station is calling on their listeners to get to The Book of LOL and help fill it up with jokes in time for Scott and Chris to read out during the 24-hour LOL-a-thon. The Book of LOL will make its way back to the London studio in time for the challenge to kick off at 1pm Wednesday 6th March.

Scott Mills said “We’re so excited to be bringing back the 24-hour LOL-a-thon for Red Nose Day! The last LOL-a-thon was nothing short of hilarious and raised a load of money for Comic Relief! An absolute highlight was Chris Stark taking a real horse into a bar and I can’t wait to see how he’s going to top that this time round. We want this year’s LOL-a-thon to be even more random and hilarious than before, so we’re counting on our amazing listeners to be even more LOL than before. After all, we have a whole Book of LOL to fill. It’s going to be an epic 24 hours!”

Chris Stark added: “Here we go again! We had such a laugh last LOL-a-thon and most importantly, all together, we raised loads of money for Red Nose Day. It was knackering, but it was SO much fun. When we got asked if we would bring it back it was an easy decision, however this time we want to bring it up another level and we are both hoping we’ll get even more support from our amazing listeners. 24 hours of non-stop LOL-ing all to raise money for such a brilliant cause. Bring on the LOLs for Comic Relief!”

Scott and Chris are taking on this very silly challenge to raise cash for some of the very serious things Comic Relief helps to fund. They’ve seen first-hand the difference your money can make to young people, including projects like The Good Lads Project in which works in schools to deliver workshops with teenage boys to explore issues of gender equality, masculinity and identity. Specifically, funding from Comic Relief is enabling the project to work in six schools with the aim of improving their mental wellbeing.

To help raise further funds for great projects like this, Scott and Chris will be encouraging their listeners to keep them going and raise much needed cash this Red Nose Day by donating £5.

Listen to BBC Radio 1 from 1pm on Wednesday 6th March to hear the 24-hour LOL-a-thon with Scott and Chris and visit to show your support.



Red Nose Day is back on Friday 15th March and this year Comic Relief is asking the nation to come together and make a difference to people’s lives both here in the UK and around the world.

It’s easy to get involved and have a great time. From workplace bake sales and fancy-dress fundraising in schools, to danceathons, quizzes and sponsored challenges, put on a Red Nose and do whatever you enjoy to raise life-changing cash.

The campaign culminates in a massive night of comedy and entertainment, live on the BBC, and all the money raised is used to improve countless lives.

Visit or follow @ComicRelief on social media to stay updated on the latest Red Nose Day content, news and information.


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Comic Relief is a UK charity with a simple purpose - to create a just world, free from poverty. Comic Relief does this by funding and investing in amazing organisations across the UK and around the world to tackle some of the key issues of our time. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1.25 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, to improve countless lives.

For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit

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