JONATHAN PIE

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The news re­port­ing al­ter-ego of Bri­tish ac­tor and co­me­dian Tom Walker, Pie has been de­liv­er­ing bit­ing po­lit­i­cal satire since late 2015. He makes his Aus­tralian de­but next month.

What do you ex­pect from your Aus­tralian shows? I don’t know what to ex­pect. But I’m hop­ing for smart, non-heck­ling au­di­ences who are pre­pared to laugh as well as have their world view chal­lenged. Do you up­date seg­ments for each show to in­clude top­i­cal news? Dur­ing the last show, the UK changed Prime Min­is­ters, de­cided to leave the EU and — against all odds — Trump took the White House. This time there will be cer­tain sec­tions that change and evolve as the news does, but it’s about some­thing a bit more uni­ver­sal and fu­ture-proof: our ob­ses­sion with so­cial me­dia and how that af­fects how we con­sume the news. Brexit and Trump have pretty much de­fined global pol­i­tics over the past few years — how do you think those sto­ries will pan out over 2018 and beyond? Trump will con­tinue to be the ill-in­formed tweeter-in-chief. And Brexit will con­tinue to be a bit of a night­mare, but it’s much more nu­anced than just right and wrong. There re­ally were some ex­cel­lent rea­sons for peo­ple to vote to leave the EU, but it’s eas­ier to as­sume any­one who votes dif­fer­ently to you is a just stupid racist. This is re­ally what this show is about. How it’s bet­ter to en­gage with the peo­ple that you dis­agree with, rather than as­sume big­otry.

Jonathan Pie: Back to the Stu­dio ap­pears at the En­more Theatre, Syd­ney, as part of the Syd­ney Com­edy Fes­ti­val (19 May); www.syd­n­ey­com­e­dyfest.com.au.

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