Cancelled? As reported by Jonathan Pie, everything is a breeze, comedian Tom Walker is back on tour and the satirical news reporter makes headlines with Fake News (The Corona Remix).
Described by comedian Rory Bremner as “the most important satirical creation since Partridge”, Pie has amassed more than 1.6 million Facebook followers for his “lively” discussions – and the “frustrated news reporter” is now enjoying international fame.
The uncompromising personality – the creation of actor and comedian Tom Walker – arrived in Lancashire this week and fans can still catch up with him on the rescheduled tour at The Lowry in Salford on October 9th.
It was 43-year-old Tom who first visited the resort to present his brand new one-man show Jonathan Pie: Fake News (The Corona Remix) – the fictional broadcaster’s unique insights and swear words about British politics and all Brexit issues will lead to lockdown. And also the insight into his very public dismissal and his early exit from a promising career as a journalist.
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Says Tom, “I’m not giving too much away about the show when I say that the audience at this meeting with Jonathan will be greeted with a headline and the message that it has been canceled.
“It was canceled due to an on-air bug, which is inconvenient and worth firing. And we learn what happened, how and why it happened, and lockdown has a lot to do with it.
“He’s spent most of the last year in his guest room. He’s a 42-year-old divorced, estranged from his son, locked down alone – he’s gone mad.
“What is interesting, I think, is that we were all locked out for a while thinking, ‘That’s fine, I’m fine’ and now we only see the real damage that has been done on the other side.
Satirical News reporter Jonathan Pie, the broadcaster with more than 1.7 million viewers, brings his worldviews to the stages of the UK
“It hurt us as social beings, even for those of us who aren’t even really that social.
“We find out what Pie’s lockdown was like, how he lost his job and by the way we laugh at Boris’ expense, remembering the ups and downs of the lockdown and Pie is also not afraid to pop the excesses of the“ woke up ” Culture.
“He’s a victim of the ‘demolition culture’ we talk about and everything in between.
“It’s serious subjects, but it’s a good laugh – it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever written and my favorite piece I’ve played so far.”
The man behind the hit act Jonathan Pie, actor and author Tom Walker
Due to massive fan demand and a critically acclaimed, sold out UK live tour in 2019, Tom rewritten and updated the show to bring Jonathan up to date in a new PC world (post-Corona).
The show is a mash-up of the news agenda in a very real world, and it’s safe to say that neither side of the political spectrum is intact, but neither is the general public as Pie embarks on the path of moral confusion between real ones. dares to live and that we all live online now.
Instagram influencers, Harry and Meghan all the way to Facebook, nothing escapes its wrath, and that’s the point; Jonathan presents a little of what everyone thinks.
But it’s almost coincidental and through Tom’s own frustrated career path, Jonathan ever got into the spotlight.
Jonathan Pie: Fake News The Corona Remix
Tom explains, “In all honesty, after years of being asked to write my own work, it took long-term unemployment in the end to make it happen.
“I always wanted to be an actor and nobody gave me a job, so I decided to write my own stuff and, oddly enough, I felt like I had that character on my mind.
“The basic premise was ‘what happens to the news reporter the minute the guy says cut’ because I was always sitting there watching the news and being there and thinking, honestly, you can’t believe this – you personally can as a person do not believe what you say.
“They are reading a script and as soon as the listener comes out they ask themselves, ‘What is this? It is nonsense what you are asking of me. ‘
“It’s just the first few ideas that I came up with and that I wrote down that just happened to be political outside of Westminster. He could have been an entertainment correspondent, he could have been a sports commentator, but I have no idea about sports.
“What happened is when he started losing weight, it was just politics that got hooked for people but strangely it wasn’t the hook for me, it was this amusing, angry, angry news reporter.
“It took me a year to fully understand that people were coming to understand the world we are in, and I struggled with that sense of responsibility for a while.
“But now I’ve found this happy medium and I love this show, I loved writing it – especially the jokes and I love challenging the audience politically – that wasn’t something I asked for.
“I’m not a political commentator or activist, I’m an actor, comedian and entertainer. I write things that are exciting and funny to perform. “
Tom was also initially skeptical about taking Jonathan on tour.
“It was a matter of three to four minutes, I didn’t know how to hold out for an hour. The funny thing is that the show now very much has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
“My promoter, without whom I wouldn’t be here today, just said ‘just give it a try’ so I did a quick run in a small studio with 30 to 40 people and after the show he said ‘you will do it Edinburgh’.
“So I went to Edinburgh and then I went on tour and that ended up at the London Palladium so it was really a baptism of fire.
“Now I am very aware that the online stuff, while funny, is very much disposable, it’s something right now that happened this week. It does not take long.
“You’re going through the videos now and you don’t want to watch something on Theresa May again, that was two and a half years ago, it’s just not relevant.
“But the show is universal and has a little more longevity. This is my fourth tour, I quickly learned it had to be relevant but you try to make it that long lasting.
“It’s interesting because it’s been the last 18 months and that’s what we’ve all been through.
“And we’ve all been through it, so we can all have an opinion, and Pie sure has a few things to say about it, but whatever your opinion, your politics was a shared experience.
“This show is much more approachable in that sense, you can connect with it, but as always with Pie, you are challenged.
“So if you’re a left-handed person there will be things on this show that you don’t like and that you won’t agree with, but if you’re a Tory or a right-winger or a Brexiteer, there are things on the show that you don’t.” visit. ”to agree with someone.
“And that’s the point, that’s the point of Pie – that we have to start all over again listening to opinions we disagree with without running into the mountains because then problems arise.
“When we stop listening to each other, and that’s the moral of the story.”
One of Pie’s earliest videos – his reaction to the election of Donald Trump – has been viewed more than 150 million times worldwide.
A recent clip of the mask-wearing confusion was viewed over 10.4 million times on Facebook.
Tom adds, “The irony about the show is that there’s this whole section of the internet, the online world and how it should expand our entire horizons, but it does the opposite, it actually makes us more isolated.
“We only hear the music we know we already like, you just watch the same TV, we don’t discover anything. But perhaps more dangerous, when someone expresses an opinion that you fundamentally disagree with, the assumption is that they are not wrong, but a fanatic.
“News and opinions are weighted equally today. “Here is a scientific fact. Now let’s go to Jeff’s place in Scunthorpe and see what he thinks of the fact. ‘ It does not matter.
“Of course there is always room for discussion, but this world that is crying out for the truth is the shouting on Twitter, it doesn’t matter, stop thinking people care, and it’s funny how Pie really does it captures. “
Tickets for The Lowry at Salford on October 9th are still available for £ 31. Visit https://www.jonathanpie.com/