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?
Honestly? Getting back on a stage and going to work. Not gigging makes me feel like I have been dethanged. Then probably as soon as I have earned a couple of quid i’ll go away for a few days and do nothing, but on a beach rather than in a house.
What’s your current lockdown binge watch?
So many things. I had never seen Ozark so I have binged watched that and now feel I want to get into some sort of crime. I have also watched a lot of Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix and Married at First Sight Australia but I blame my wife for that one!
Has anything made you laugh recently?
My friend Bilal Zafar has a show on Twitch where he masquerades as a computer game football manager which is really surreal and funny. Also I love This Country. Daisy May Cooper is the funniest human on the planet right now.
How are you trying to keep sane at the moment?
Just trying to have a routine. I spent the first three months using my self-employed money as a writing bursary and wrote a sitcom and a new stand-up set. I also started a chat show which I do every Tuesday on Twitch.tv called Joey Page’s Chatshow Thing and a podcast that I do with my mate Jimi called JJ’s Album Club where we interview famous people about their favourite albums. Then I hit a wall for a few weeks and literally couldn’t find any motivation but I am back at it now!
What thing would you like to draw our attention to right now?
Well my stand-up special just came out on NextUp which I recorded the night that the government announced we should all stay home. 150 people were due to turn up and when the announcement came the camera crew were all set and I was doing a run through. In the end, 22 people showed up and my wife had to convince me to do the gig as I was adamant it was ruined. The show actually went really well and I was amazed at how up for it the crowd was and now I have this absolutely unique artefact of a show. I am pretty certain that nobody else was recording their show that night so it’s got a very special place in my heart now. People can catch it at here.