• Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2021 will take place on Friday
  • The live TV special will be hosted by Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuiness and Sir Lenny Henry
  • Comic Relief aims to help those struggling amid the pandemic both in the U.K. and abroad this year

Comic Relief's Red Nose Day is returning this Friday, and this year's event aims to use the power of humor to help those struggling amid the pandemic both in the U.K. and abroad.

The main TV fundraiser will be broadcast on the BBC starting at 7 p.m. EDT this Friday and will feature "one-off comedy specials, live music and money-can’t-buy prizes," according to the Comic Relief website.

Now in its 35th year, Red Nose Day's brilliant fundraising efforts through lighthearted entertainment is an event many people continue to highly support. Donations from the 2021 event, which has the tagline "Funny is power," will go toward tackling social issues that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, including homelessness, poverty, domestic abuse and mental health, according to BBC.

In February, Dame Judi Dench and "Avengers" star Benedict Cumberbatch took part in the launch video for Red Nose Day 2021. They were joined by other stars such as Karim Zeroual, Joe Sugg, Saffron Barker, DJ Roman Kemp, "Sewing Bee's" Joe Lycett and "Masked Singer" judge Mo Gilligan.

Meanwhile, Friday's live TV special will be hosted by Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuiness and Comic Relief co-founder Sir Lenny Henry.

Streaming at 7 p.m. EDT on BBC One and iPlayer, viewers will be able to make a change just by tuning in to the show.

Viewers can also donate to Comic Relief via its website or purchase Red Noses through They are plastic-free, made from plant-based materials and come in 10 different character options this year, per BBC. One can also support the cause by purchasing Pixar T-shirts, games, pin badges and drinks bottles.

"The money you raise will help provide safety to families who need support. Tackle mental health stigma. Take action against domestic abuse. And help to give children a brighter future," Comic Relief states on its website.

Viewers can also enter a Red Nose Day draw to win a Samsung 65-inch 8K Ulta HD Smart TV and one year of Disney+ membership, among others. Check out the list of prizes here.

Comic Relief has provided a sneak peek of what viewers can look forward to for this year's event. Some of the highlights from the comedy-packed evening include:

  • Dawn French will reprise her role as the Vicar of Dibley and take on a very special challenge with Reverend Kate Bottley: lip-syncing to "Juice" by Lizzo.
  • Comedian Jack Whitehall will be hosting a Comic Relief Zoom meeting with some of his celebrity friends, including Guz Khan, Olivia Colman and Anya Taylor-Joy.
  • Justin Bieber will be performing his new single "Hold On," his first British TV appearance in five years.
  • The team behind the choreography for Harry Styles' music video for "Treat People With Kindness," which features "Fleabag" star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, joins forces with Comic Relief for this year's Red Nose Day dance challenge.
  • Top British comedians are being mentored by Charlotte Church to learn to become opera singers with hilarious consequences.

Comic Relief has raised more than £1.4 billion ($1.9 billion) over the last three decades, according to BBC.

Red Nose Day
German actress Sylvia Leifheit attends the Red Nose Day Charity Party at discotheque 'P1' in Munich, Germany, Jan. 25, 2005. Getty Images/Johannes Simon