As the UK begins to ease out of its coronavirus-induced lockdown, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the notion of a post-Covid world. What will this world look like, and how will comedy manage to sit within it? MoodyComedy continues to chat to comics about their hopes, fears and coping strategies.
What is the first thing you plan on doing once the lockdown is fully lifted?
I’m going to go to Deshaies, a village in Guadeloupe where they film the superb BBC murder mystery programme Death In Paradise, and see all the sights. Wanna see the police station and the shack and the Commissioner’s Office in Government House. I assume they’re all real locations. Really wanted to meet Harry the lizard too, but apparently he’s CGI.
What’s your current lockdown binge watch?
Well I finished Death In Paradise fairly early into lockdown, so now I’m working my way through Queer Eye (for when I feel like crying – those guys never try to change anyone, they just help people to be the best version of the person they already were all along and it’s so beautiful, oh no, now I’m crying while I type) and Twin Peaks (for when I want to feel incredibly on edge, am two episodes in at the moment and think I’m gonna find out who killed Laura Palmer pretty soon).
Has anything made you laugh recently?
Just for fun, I’ve recently started writing a musical called Honk Honk (nothing to do with the musical Honk), which is about an evil boastful King who murders a stick of butter then closes down a gym, and is afraid of points. There’s some great songs – ‘What’s The Point Of Points?’, ‘The King’s House’, ‘We’re Gonna Build A New Gym’, so much great stuff. It’s so unbelievably awful that every time I try to sing a song from it to someone I burst out laughing at how unfunny I have become. It’s shockingly dreadful. I think whoever it is I’m singing it to just assumes I’m having a breakdown, which in a way I am. So, yeah, the thing that makes me laugh most at the moment is the shocking quality of my own creative output. The situation is dire.
How are you trying to keep sane at the moment?
As you can tell from my previous answer, I have just given up on this. I think if ever there was a good time to just allow yourself to slowly drift off the chain and see what happens to you without suffering the social consequences, it’s now.
What thing would you like to draw our attention to right now?
I made a film adaptation of the show I was making for Edinburgh 2020, and we’re streaming it every day next week along with Q&A’s with special guests talking about how we can continue making stuff in a post-Covid world, and how we can change the comedy industry for the better. If anyone wants to book a ticket and come along then that would be lovely! I should point out I wrote it before I started working on Honk Honk, so it hopefully belongs to a time in my life before all my ideas became terrible. You should also check out the Live Comedy Association’s #SaveLiveComedy campaign; it’s a really valuable, important cause for an industry that’s brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people.