Eleven weeks into the UK’s coronavirus-induced lockdown, now is a time where we need comedy more than ever. Unsurprisingly, it’s also a time where it’s perhaps hardest to find something that’s actually damn funny. MoodyComedy is trying to remedy this.
What is the first thing you plan on doing once the lockdown is fully lifted?
I’ll be investing in all the second-hand hair trimmers that will be appearing on eBay. Second-hand hair trimmers and yoga mats. Buy ‘em all up cheap. Sit back. Wait for the second wave and kerching. After the second wave I’m going to be rich and I’m going to open an Escape Room empire!
What’s your current lockdown binge watch?
I’d love to say something hip but I am in lockdown with my 84 year old mum. Elderly people like TV for company and noise. So I am passively watching daytime television, picking up secondhand TV, and have accidentally inhaled seasons of Father Brown. My respite is MUBI art house streaming club that did a 3 month free offer so I have done a lot of Fellini and Takashi Miike. Alongside This Country and Schitt’s Creek.
Has anything made you laugh recently?
I have been showing my 84 year old mum YouTube vids of people fishing with Coca Cola and Mentos. The pair of us have been howling at this. Snakes! They catch snakes after the catfish! I promise my mum is the rudest woman in South London and so when the snakes come out of the hole the shock elects a mix of laughter and her screaming ‘Fucking little bastards!’
How are you trying to keep sane at the moment?
Writing and working, plotting and watching videos of catfish and snakes. The great thing about writing is it gives a wonderful outlet to process and comprehend the madness of this government.
What thing would you like to draw our attention to?
Glad you asked. I am doing a monthly streaming of past shows with Go Faster Stripe (the people who filmed them). Tickets are a fiver and the next one is Tuesday 9th June At 7.30p.m. There is a live intro from me, then streaming Showtime from the Frontline, then a live Q&A. The show is captioned and the Q&A and intro have a BSL signer.
The show is about trying to set up a comedy club in Palestine in a refugee camp. Two of the people who were part of that effort, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada, came to the UK and wrote the show with me. They are going to join us live from Palestine in the Q&A. I also write a column for the London Economic.