STAND-UP comedian Jeremy Hardy talks death, fear and what it’s like to be in comedy.
The star of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue will stop off at The Beacon, in Wantage, on Saturday as part of his autumn tour.
Jeremy, who is enjoying his fourth decade as a stand-up comedian, took time out to talk about his current live show which he says feels as though his act and material are a fair reflection of what’s going on in the country just now.
He said: “There isn’t a driving sense of rebellion, everything is so disparate now.
“When I started comedy there was a real sense of polarity: you had Thatcher and the miners and you took sides.
“But now people are voting on different issues and it’s all over the place.
“A lot of my demographic is quite weary. I feel like I’m entertaining the troops who aren’t that confident about whether they’re going to survive the war.”
Jeremy’s career saw him rise through the ‘alternative cabaret’ scene of London in the early 1980s, and in 1988 he won the prestigious Perrier Award.
He has become a fixture on Radio 4 through shows such as The News Quiz and Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, and his membership of the I’m Sorry I Haven’t Got A Clue team has brought him before a whole new live audience with its touring show.
Of his tour, he said: “I am talking about politics but more about how these things impact on me and affect me emotionally in terms of feeling bewildered and battered by them.
“I’m not trying to sound like an authority and people don’t need to bring notebooks to the show. It’s much more the ramblings and discontents of a person in the back half of life.”
For more information view jeremyhardy.co.uk/tour/