A fairly interesting Facebook chat I had with Dom Joly, a famous comedian and media pundit in the UK, regarding Jeremy Corbyn’s Traingate episode this week, where the current leader of the Labour Party either did or didn’t deliberately sit down on the floor of a train because there were or weren’t seats available on the Virgin train operated by hippy grab baron Richard Branson (after the National Rail got privatised by mouth-watering Tories).
I have nothing much against Dom Joly except the fact he isn’t actually funny which, in a comedian, is as bad as a surgeon who can’t stand the sight of blood.
I also didn’t realise the photo he used is now a UK meme- this is what comes from being in the arse end of nowhere (far south of Myanmar / Burma).
For reasons why Traingate is the usual distraction nonsense, please see here.
For reasons why I decided to take a pop at Dom Joly- well, it’s the fact I have always considered him a talentless plagiarist who riffed on the work of the stupendous Chris Morris but lacked the comedy chops to really sort it out. Keith Lemon is in a similar boat- his first series (I suppose I should say ‘season’ as we are all dead Americans these days) of Bo Selecta! was great then everything since has been an ever-decreasing circle of wank.
What annoyed me was Don Joly’s put-down of a FB comment:
So I added my thoughts. Joly was more thoughtful but still didn’t address me calling him a nasty bully.
I reserve that judgement to you, the reader.
His Independent columns are here.
Then there were these biting comments (which weren’t as bad as the mosquitos round these parts):
Rattled HIS gilded cage.
I took this down earlier today because I don’t want people to think I am vile. I’m not actually vile at all really (you may beg to differ in which case I will slug it out with you in the reply box) but I am definitely acid tongued to those who deserve it. Dom Joly, who is an Establishment product of prep school then public school then his own TV series at age 22- then followed by the tremendous amount of guff he has farted out ever since- simply said ‘target’.
I hadn’t meant to slag him off until somebody shared his post on my feed in which he repeated his line that Corbyn is merely a ‘virtue signaller’. I guess to people who don’t actually have virtue then everything’s a big song and dance and whatever, but hey. Fuck them.
People who haven’t met me- don’t worrry. Again, I’m not nasty about those who can actually pull creative stuff off. I doubt Dom could even pull himself off.