Monday 1 – Tuesday 2 October 2018
Aaaaaahhhhhh, school holidays. If I’m not doing a major cull of my clothing or my library, I’m doing f*$k all else. Okay, so that part of the sentence never really comes true. I always end up doing something, not necessarily anything I want to do, but something none the less. And then, occasionally, every now and then, I revel in what I’ve been able to do. Well, these holidays, that has been researching a couple of brilliantly funny people. By ‘research’ I mean watching as many videos on YouTube as I possibly can, and by ‘brilliantly funny people’, I mean comedians . . . obviously.
So there are two in particular that have tickled my fancy, although, to be honest, I never actually gave them permission to tickle anything of me, mainly because I’ve never met these people and who’s to say they’re not fruitcakes? But I digress, as I tend to do when I’m on holidays. I know that you want to know who these two people, in particular, are so I’m going to tell you. And after I tell you, if you don’t already know of these two comedians, you really need to get on it and view their stuff.
First of all, I’ve jumped on the Celeste Barber fan bandwagon. I’ve been following Celeste on Instagram for a while now, and I love the celeb photos she’s done as parodies. Great idea to take the p!ss out of celebs who are pimping themselves out with ridiculously staged photos. And Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Celeste has some hilarious outcomes from her photo sessions. Hey, what can I say? It’s a typically Aussie thing, I think, to take the p!ss out of everyone and everything. What the f*$k else can we do in this country, given we’re so isolated from the rest of the world? It’s our Aussie nature to be p!ss takers, and we’re bloody good at it.
I have recently read that Celeste copped some celebrity flack after parodying a particular photo, and it had to be explained to the celebrity in question that she intended no malice, but that it was, in fact, an Aussie thing to pull the p!ss. Look, if you’re going to post a naked photo of yourself on Instagram or any other SoMe platform, what the f*$k do you expect? There’s always going to be someone who takes the p!ss. Just be glad it was an Aussie because we can see the humour in a situation and it’s done in humour. Any number of other nations’ citizens might have been ar$eholes about it.
If you find that you too get a laugh out of Celeste’s #CelesteChallengeAccepted photos, you might want to pick up a copy of her book also aptly titled Challenge Accepted! As of writing this post, according to iBooks, I’m 73% through the book and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. As it’s an autobiography, a memoir, it’s not all sh!ts and giggles. There are some heart wrenching stories that Celeste recounts of people she’s known and aspects of her life that will have you feeling as though there’s a hell of a lot more to this funny woman than simply her comedy. The book will remind you that some of the funniest people have endured some of the hardest heartbreak, and that all of us have a backstory. It’s a great read and you’ll get to see some of the funny photos Celeste recreates.
The second person I really think you should know about, if you don’t already, is the brilliantly hilarious British comedian, Joe Lycett. Why do I like Joe Lycett? Aside from the fact he’s f*$king hilarious? Well, Joe likes to online troll people who really deserve it. He sends emails that up the weirdness of situations and it’s f*$king funny. The names of two of his tours totally rock – the first was That’s The Way A-ha A-ha Joe Lycett, and his current tour, I’m About to Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett. What’s not to love about those tour names? I’ve recently downloaded Joe Lycett Live: That’s The Way A-ha A-ha Joe Lycett DVD to my iPad. I had seen most of the show via YouTube clips of Joe and decided I needed to have a copy to play repeatedly at my leisure. Then there’s his book, Parsnips, Buttered: How To Win At Modern Life, One Email At A Time. I have that as both an eBook and an audio book. Did I mention that he’s f*$king hilarious?
Seriously, I find this guy utterly hilarious. He’s got the perfect mix of humour, sass, and sarcasm. I’m ever-so-slightly enamoured with Joe Lycett. Okay, fine, you’ve got me on this one: I think it’s safe to say that he is my favourite comedian. I do find that many comedians’ routines just don’t appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong: there are a sh!tload of comedians who get me to the point where I’m laughing so much that I’m crying. I love comedy. But for me to out and out say that I believe someone to be my favourite comedian, they’ve got to be really, really funny. And that, my friends, is Joe Lycett. Not only is his comic timing spot on, his delivery is impeccable, and he’s an exceptional writer. He has a way with words, with language, and we all know how I feel about words and language. I guess, in that respect, it was inevitable that Joe would be a comedian to whom I am drawn.
It’s hard to narrow it down to one anecdote of Joe’s that I would recommend you watch him deliver so you’d get an idea of how brilliant he is. I haven’t found one that I don’t laugh at. However, if I had to point you in the direction of one that cracks me up at random times of the day, it would be Joe’s story of the lost cat. Google it. Do it. After seeing it, I wanted to go around randomly calling for Samantha Peterson. Another great one is the story of Joe’s spirit animal, Walrus, and the Leeds parking fine. And then there’s the one he tells about his friend looking on Gumtree for a house and encountering a scammer, and telling Joe to do his absolute worst. Or the other parking fine from the taxi rank and the moon. Then there’s the one about celebrity inspirational quotes – remember, follow your own path, and if you’re not living you’re dead. Nuh, can’t possibly narrow it down to one anecdote. Too many good ones.
So what do I want you to do as a result of reading this post? Simple: check out Celeste Barber and Joe Lycett. Discover a comedian who makes you laugh until you cry. Or not. It’s up to you. Either way. I’m off to find my own versions of Samantha Peterson and my spirit animal. Let’s hope it’s not a bin juice drinking gronk* . . .
* Yeah, I realise that it’s probably just the Aussies who’ll get the bin juice drinking gronk reference. If you’re not Aussie, Google it. 😉