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Last Updated: Thursday February 03 2011 16:10 GMT

How did it start?

Lenny Henry

Comic Relief was set up in 1985.

It was started by comedians who wanted to use comedy and laughter to let people know about poverty in the UK and Africa.

It was launched in 1985, from a refugee camp in Sudan. The launch was broadcast live on Christmas Day on BBC 1.

Since then, more than £650 million has been raised for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people across the UK and Africa.

Guide to Comic Relief