Throughout Friday, I witnessed attempts at being 'funny for money'. Yes, Comic Relief. With many a motivation good and proper, it's hard to be (publically) critical - try as I might.
Let us turn back the clock.
It is evening, almost 9pm. We are wound-down, following a tough week. We are watching BBC One. Alex is curled into his mother's arms, and I'm wondering about the costs and multiple revenues of this television production.
A genuinely moving short film ends with the narrator stating:
'It is your continued support that enables Comic Relief to keep on helping these children of alcoholic parents'.
Contemplative silence. Broken, thus:
Alex: What about chocaholic parents?
Emma: (stifles laugh)
Shane: Hmm. I don't think it's quite as tough for those with chocaholic parents.
It's the funniest thing I've heard all day. I promptly donate.
(I did also enjoy the short film from Outnumbered. Claire Skinner, as the mum, is really good.)