RTÉ, in association with Comic Relief, will bring the cream of Irish comedy and entertainment together to raise a laugh, as well as much-needed funds for the Irish charity sector on Friday, June 26.
Hosted by Deirdre O'Kane, Nicky Byrne, Jennifer Zamparelli and Eoghan McDermott, the night promises to bring together the very best of Irish entertainment for a number of good causes.
You can expect performances and appearances from a whole host of Irish stars including Dara Ó Briain, Hozier, Amy Huberman, Chris O'Dowd, Jason Byrne, Normal People's Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, Andrew Scott, Nathan Carter, Niall Horan, Paul Howard, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Soulé, Lenny Abrahamson, Zig & Zag, Christy Moore, The Derry Girls, and many, many more...
. @DeirdreOKane1's powers of persuasion are strong, the line up for #RTEComicRelief is unreal 👏@daraobriain, @WeeMissBea, Derry Girls, @BigBoyler, @thejasonbyrne and so many more!— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) June 9, 2020
Let's raise more than a smile for Irish charities on Friday, June 26th pic.twitter.com/qSS1d4gy6M
Having worked with Comic Relief previously on the highly-successful Paddy's Night In Support Of Comic Relief shows at the 3Arena, Deirdre O'Kane has used her time in lockdown to bring Comic Relief to television in partnership with RTÉ.
Speaking about RTÉ Does Comic Relief, O'Kane said: "After three years of fantastic live fundraising events, it's so exciting to be bringing this to TV for the first time in Ireland with RTÉ.
"I'm in awe of the response we've already received from comedians and performers and the incredible efforts our partners at RTÉ and the Community Foundation for Ireland have put in to make the show happen.
"It's going to be a memory-making night that'll raise serious funds to help people who need it most as a result of Covid-19."
John McHugh, Group Head of Entertainment, RTÉ added: "We want to raise a smile as well as much needed funds in one very special night. We want to thank the public for staying in so far and remind people that staying in still matters.
"We want to celebrate the front-liners' contribution and raise much-needed funds for a range of charities that are struggling to provide their services, as their fundraising activities have been severely hampered".
The show will be broadcast live from RTÉ studios from 8pm on RTÉ One, with links to Irish talent across the country and further afield.
RTÉ and Comic Relief's charity partner for the event is The Community Foundation for Ireland, who will distribute the funds raised.
One of Ireland's leading philanthropic organisations with extensive expertise in grant-making in Ireland, the Community Foundation for Ireland was established in 2000 and has a strong working relationship with over 4,000 non-profit organisations at a national, regional and local level throughout Ireland.