Just for the record, I don’t usually watch Sunday Brunch. However, as I was visiting friends this weekend (hence the lack of posts) I was subjected. Much to my pleasant surprise, one of the hosts had been replaced by Johnny Vegas, who I understand has been a guest on the show a few times.
What a breath of fresh air!
Don’t worry, this isn’t just a review of Sunday morning TV. I’m getting there, hang on.
Anyway, mixed with Johnny’s antics and knuckle-shaving comments (which were bloody brilliant) he also proved himself to be an insightful interviewer. Mixed with making the guests feel relaxed and allowing them to have fun, some of the questions he asked and comments that he made were so clever.
One of these hit me the most. Russell Howard was plugging his latest tour and the conversation turned to the experience of stand-up and preparing for the stage etc. Johnny said two things that really hit home to me, and I think it might to you, too.
Firstly, it was the experience of prepping material for a stand-up tour. They were discussing how they used their life experiences and shared them on stage and how this could be therapeutic for the comic in question. Johnny said something along the lines of:
Some people choose to have therapy in a room with one other person, and some stand in front of hundreds, but it’s the same thing.
Well, God damn. And think how many comedians suffer from mental health issues, or have been revealed to have had problems after they’ve passed away. Is t something about funny people that they use humour as a shield and as a way to express themselves? I know that I do. Not that I think I’m particularly funny to other people but I amuse the hell out of myself 🙂
The second thing was when he asked Russell Howard such an interesting question that i don’t think Russell was really ready for it, although he answered honestly and with real aplomb:
When you’re in a room full of laughing people, how do you handle the one person who’s sat there not laughing? Because it’s easy to focus on that one person.
Well, god damn. An amazing metaphor for suffering from depression and self-deprecation. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that one, and I fully plan on using it in the future (I’ll reference you, Johnny). I wish I’d have come up with that when writing Down Days. How do you get past that one person? As an author, I’ve come across that feeling frequently. The only difference is that the one person not laughing is usually me. Analyse that! It probably isn’t difficult, I’m hardly a psychological bunker at the best of times.
Anyway, I thought I’d share those two little nuggets of genius with you, from a funny man known for outlandish pranks and antics, also someone with a deep soul and wonderful insight into people. And, fuck it, I’m going to plug his book, because he has a biography out that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
I’ll leave you with that. Happy Monday, everyone.
Thanks for reading.