UK’s first ‘laughing’ postbox revealed in support of Comic Relief

UK’s first ‘laughing’ postbox revealed in support of Comic Relief

Key points

  • Ahead of Red Nose Day on 15 March, Royal Mail has unveiled a special edition ‘laughing’ postbox near BBC Headquarters in London
  • The postbox responds to posted mail with a variety of jokes from stand-up comedian Hal Cruttenden
  • The postbox is situated on Langham Place, close to Broadcasting House
  • It will be in place from 8 March until 22 March 2019

Ahead of Red Nose Day on Friday 15 March, Royal Mail has unveiled a special edition ‘laughing’ postbox with stand-up comedian Hal Cruttenden providing the jokes. The postbox is situated near BBC Headquarters in London – Broadcasting House - and has been created in support of Comic Relief.

The ‘laughing’ postbox - a first for the Company – responds to posted mail by delivering a number of jokes back via audio recorded by Hal Cruttenden. Any member of the public posting mail in the special edition postbox will hear a gag.

The special edition postbox is situated close to Broadcasting House at: 1-2 Langham Place, London, W1B 3DE (opposite The Langham Hotel). It will be in place from 8 March until 22 March 2019.

There will also be a special Red Nose Day postmark that Royal Mail will be distributing across stamped UK mail, driving awareness in the lead up to the night of TV which will be broadcast live on BBC One on Friday 15 March.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said “In the process of delivering to around 30 million addresses in the UK, six days a week, we really enjoy adding a little extra fun and laughter to the posting of mail – especially when it is in support for such a great cause.”

Liz Warner, CEO at Comic Relief said “We are extremely grateful for Royal Mail’s support on this year’s campaign. The postmark is a lovely way to drive awareness ahead of Red Nose Day.”


About Royal Mail plc

Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to around 30 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.

About Red Nose Day 2019

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 15th March and this year Comic Relief is asking the nation to come together and make a difference to people’s lives both here in the UK and around the world. 

  • It’s easy to get involved and have a great time. From workplace bake sales and fancy-dress fundraising in schools, to danceathons, quizzes and sponsored challenges, put on a Red Nose and do whatever you enjoy to raise life-changing cash.
  • The campaign culminates in a massive night of comedy and entertainment, live on the BBC, and all the money raised is used to improve countless lives.
  • Visit or follow @ComicRelief on social media to stay updated on the latest Red Nose Day content, news and information.

About Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a UK charity with a simple purpose - to create a just world, free from poverty. Comic Relief does this by funding and investing in amazing organisations across the UK and around the world to tackle some of the key issues of our time. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1.25 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, to improve countless lives. 

For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit      

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

For journalist enquiries contact:

Jasmin Prichard, Royal Mail press office


Royal Mail press office: 020 7449 8246

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