Red Nose Day founder says ‘Love Actually’ short was an easy sell
Curtis and his friend, Lenny Henry, started Comic Relief in 1985 after a trip to Ethiopia. Curtis “saw such terrible things” that he wanted to do his part to end child poverty, he said. Three years later, the pair launched the first Red Nose Day in the United Kingdom.
“When I started it, I thought it would last for one year,” Curtis told CNN in 2017. “So, it’s turned out to be a very unruly but long-lasting child.”
Red Nose Day has raised $1.3 billion to date, according to the organization. The money goes to charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America, Save the Children and Oxfam.