Al Murray wants to interview Harry and Meghan to find 'sense of humour' | Metro News

Al Murray wants to interview Harry and Meghan to find ‘sense of humour’ | Metro News

Stand-up comic and TV star Al Murray, 53, on being back out on the road, the importance of pubs, why he wants to interview Meghan and Harry and a new TV endeavour… Discounting the Zoom gigs I did during lockdown, I’ve done a dozen things live since last March. When March came, I said to myself great, I don’t have to go up and down the motorway and I’m an adult now, I’m not a desperate, young, needy comic. I can manage without the laughter of strangers. That lasted a couple of months. Then last summer a mate offered me a gig in a pub garden and I was so excited from doing it. So I realised I do need the laughter of strangers and I’m not psychologically whole and all that grown-up stuff. I’m totally up for it. We’ve planned lots of shows for next year as well, because it’s just fun. I’ve had to completely rejig the show, though. All the things I was talking about in 2019 have gone by the wayside. I don’t know if you remember Brexit? So the first half they’re going to find out exactly who, what and how caused the pandemic. In the second half, we’re going to be talking about freedom and liberty and how we all really need to be free again. Then, of course, if you sit in the first dozen rows, you might become part of the fun. A lot of people at the start of the pandemic were comparing it to World War II — rather than the Great Flu pandemic of 1918/19 — because the only two bits of history anyone knows is World War II and Henry VIII and his six wives and you can’t compare it to Henry VIII. So the Pub Landlord is saying: finally, we’ve got ourselves a Blitz to get excited about and reminisce about. Denis Norden said when he first started writing comedy after World War II that the brilliant thing was everyone had been through the same thing so knew what you were talking about and we’ve got that now. There will be whole shelves of history books about the past couple of years. Or will there? Something might happen next year that we end up saying, ‘and the year before that there was a pandemic’, like a footnote. For all we know, Donald Trump is the introduction of the history book about the great calamity, there was a pandemic and then the great event happened. So who knows? It was a worrying time. Last summer, my local was proactive about making sure you could drink there one way or another and it made me think how fantastic pubs are but also that you’re going to use them or lose them. They’re like a sex life — if it’s the last thing you do, it’ll become the last thing you do, rather than an important thing you’ve got to engage with. Now we’re back on tour, me and my tour manager tend to end up drinking wine in hotels late at night so I’ve obviously got work to do myself on getting down the boozer. The most amazing person to have spoken to is Buzz Aldrin. Shaking hands with that guy is the maddest thing. He went to the moon! It’s ridiculous. He was an extremely cool dude for someone who’d been to the moon because I think if you’ve been to the moon you can probably behave in any way you want and people will put up with it. I think Harry and Meghan would be the ideal people for the Pub Landlord to interview right now. It’d be good to find out whether they have a sense of humour because I suspect they don’t. I went to see The Windsors at the theatre and it’s so funny and rude. One of the things we talked about in the interval was picturing someone from Buckingham Palace being sent to watch it and having to report back! No, I’ve missed that but we’ve got a gig coming up in Brighton on September 24 and a tour in November. We were recording new stuff before the pandemic. What happens when the band gets together is a natural disaster occurs. For recording the first album, the beast from the east struck. I’ve just made a TV programme, out in the autumn for Sky History, but I’m not allowed to talk about that. Then me and historian James Holland have got a little festival (September 18 weekend) for our podcast We Have Ways Of Making You Talk, for the World War II nuts we’ve attracted. And I’ve got to write a book at some point. I said yes to everything, thinking that none of it would ever happen. Now I’m flat out! If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you. MORE : Liam and Noel Gallagher’s dad Tommy embroiled in legal dispute over home where Oasis stars grew up in MORE : Daniel Craig gets through ’20 to 25 suits in one action scene’ as James Bond – and kudos to his tailor Metro newspaper is still available for you to pick up every weekday morning or you can download our app for all your favourite news, features, puzzles… and the exclusive evening edition!
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