What’s the Red Nose Day Joke-Ha-Thon?

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Between April Fool’s Day and Red Nose Day on May 27, students are invited to make their laughs matter with the Red Nose Day Joke-Ha-Thon. Children will use the power of humor and their voices to raise money to support children who are most in need in the US. and around the world — and raise some spirits too!


How does it work?


Unable to host a show? This is your chance to be creative and make your own Joke-Ha-Thon! When it comes to helping others, anything that can give a good laugh is fair game!

Why should we participate?

Millions of children live in poverty in the US and around the world, lacking the basic resources needed to survive and thrive. Even though they are young, your students can support other children just like them by raising money to help. 

Joke-Ha-Thon will also bring laughter into the classroom, build community and core ELA and SEL skills, promote cooperative learning, and offer a fun break during testing weeks. 

How do I get started?

  1. Download the all-in-one toolkit which includes a joke-writing lesson by Scholastic, a list of jokes, decorations, email copy, and more
  2. Set up your fundraising page to join the Joke-Ha-Thon team 
  3. Have your kids write, memorize and practice their jokes and plan their show
  4. It’s showtime! Have your budding comedians share their jokes on your Zoom comedy show, inviting parents to attend and donate if they can. Or if you’re together, host your in-person show where kids and parents donate to support the cause.


Full Toolkit 2021
Full Toolkit

Everything you see below in one click: How-to, lesson plan, joke list, decorations, and reading passages.

How-To Guide 2021
How-To Guide

Instructions, email copy for parents, and Red Nose Day facts and stats.

Lesson Plan 2021
Scholastic Lesson Plan

Students will use humor and creativity to build literacy skills and prepare for the Joke-Ha-Thon

Joke List 2021
Joke List

List of 30+ kid-approved jokes.

Decorations 2021

Wall decorations and Zoom backgrounds.

Reading Passages 2021
Reading Passages

Stories of children impacted by poverty and how Red Nose Day helps

Join the Team

  • Join the Team!

    Join the Team!

    Set up a fundraising page for your class or school and see other schools that are joining in on the fun-raising!

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What Teachers Are Saying

What Teachers Are Saying

“Since we are in school, our students will be performing jokes in their classrooms and the cafeteria at lunchtime, donating what they can to tell their jokes.”  Jason C., Howards Grove, WI


“Our in-person family open house has been canceled this year. This would be a great way to bring families together to celebrate the end of the year, virtually.”  Jill T., Walnut, CA


“Kids love to work together, and they’re really going to love trying out their jokes and bouncing ideas off of each other!"  Melanie S., Carrollton, GA


“Our kids can film their jokes on FlipGrid and share them with me and with each other -- and we can feature them on our morning news show.”  Sharon P., Columbia, SC


Join the Team

Joke-Ha-Thon in Action


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  • JokeHaThon in action video
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    See how the kids at Northview Elementary are using humor to help others!

JHAT Videos

  • RND Joke

    Wait, muffins can talk?

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    Wait, Muffins Can Talk? | #PickMeForRedNoseDay

  • Joke

    We don't have time to tell you how good this joke is!

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    Why did the kid throw his clock out the window?

  • Joke

    A very topical knock-knock joke

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    The classic knock-knock joke, but for 2020.

  • Jokes

    Stuffed teddy bear and a quacking duck

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    These girls know how to make us laugh! 

  • Nyla

    This joke is cracking us up!

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    This video is EGG-cellent!

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    A joke that pops

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    It's a very POP-ular joke. If you catch our drift.

Celebrity Joke-of-the-Day Videos

JOTD Videos

  • Skai Jackson Joke of the Day

    Skai Jackson Shares Her Joke of the Day

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    Skai Jackson Share Her Joke of the Day

  • Yvette Nicole Brown - Celebrity Joke of the Day

    Yvette Nicole Brown Shares Her Joke of the Day

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    Yvette Nicole Brown Share Her Joke of the Day

  • Kevin Quinn Share His Joke of the Day

    Kevin Quinn Shares His Joke of the Day

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    Watch Kevin Quinn Share His Joke of the Day

you're making an impact

Make an Impact

The money your students raise with their jokes will help change the lives of children who are living in poverty. Red Nose Day supports programs that address the immediate needs of vulnerable children while fostering long-term change. Our goal is to keep children safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

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Have questions or need help?

Email us at contact [at] rednoseday [dot] org.