Week 4: Boris Johnson is a liar, Jonathan Pie
We now move onto a slightly different genre of comedy sketches with this recent sketch by the comedian Tom Walker who has created a fictional character Jonathan Pie. Walker created his character by imagining what professional journalists might really think of the stories they are reporting on the TV, especially when they relate to the crazy goings on of our elected officials.
Most of his skits follow a format whereby Jonathan begins as if he is concluding his news report and then as he says the final line of his report “Jonathan Pie reporting from London” or something like this, he then goes into a massive comical rant about what he really thinks of the subject matter he has just reported on.
This sketch is a slight departure from his standard formula as here he imagines his character Jonathan, has been asked by the New York times to give a rundown for an American audience of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s character and behaviour. One of the distinct aspect of Pie’s humour is that his rants often have an almost prophetic tone to them whereby the hearer is often left with a strong desire to say Amen as one feels his anger at the corruption that currently plagues the UK ruling class.