Comic Bridget Christie ponders how to block out bad news
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 August 2018
Comedian Bridget Christie is questioning whether the 24-hour cycle of rolling news is affecting people’s ability to enjoy the simple things in life.
She is hitting the road with her new show What Now? as she ponders if there is another way of living which is more enjoyable than worrying about nuclear apocalypse and environmental catastrophe.
Her Brexit-themed show Because You Demanded It received critical acclaim during its sold-out run in London in 2016. It also won best show at the comedy industry Chortle Awards.
Christie said: “I wanted to leave a bit of space between Trump being elected, the Brexit vote and 2017’s General Election.
“Everything was moving too fast, things I’d write in the day already sounded out of date by the time I did them at gigs in the evening.
“I have found the news cycle exhausting. Although I do mention them in parts, the new show isn’t all about Trump or Brexit because I think people have Brexit/Trump fatigue now.
“Because You Demanded it was a very emotional response to what had happened, whereas What Now? is a bit more reflective.
“OK so that’s happened, this is where we are now, what shall we do?
“It’s a much more light-hearted and personal show than previous ones, I think, and that is very much deliberate.”
Christie was the first British female comic to have a live stand-up show on Netflix, after her debut Stand Up For Her launched on the streaming service in March 2017.
Her BBC Radio 4 series, Bridget Christie’s Utopia started this year, focusing on people who have found happiness.
She is a writer too, and published A Book For Her in 2015.
It details Christie’s ‘feminist epiphany’ and her subsequent journey from the bottom of British stand-up to her more recent success.
She said: “Writing comedy about serious subjects is like solving a puzzle.
“But it’s a privilege, too, to be able to talk about these things, to have a platform; you just have to remember you don’t have to be right, or to solve anything, you just need to make it funny.”
Christie will be on stage at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol on both September 7 and 8, starting at 8pm.
Tickets, priced £19, are available on 01179 020344 or www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com