Lenny Henry


Our lockdown behaviour has been extraordinary. I've been weirdly stopping and smelling flowers wherever I am. Is that bizarre? Is that too weird? I've been noticing things like the fact that the dawn chorus has been really, really loud. It's almost like they’ve brought Def Leppard's amps and mixing desk and they're playing it for […]
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I watched Normal People. I did keep screaming at the screen, "Why don't they just talk to each other after they've had sex?" These people never communicated. Surely after you have had all that sex, you could have a chat. But apart from that, I really did like it. Dave Chappelle's 8:46 is genius. Big […]
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You probably want to know what I'm listening to. Run the Jewels At the moment, I'm listening to Run the Jewels. I was always a big fan of Legend Has It because after they used it in the promo for Black Panther, like everybody in the audience, I said, "What is that tune?" Killer Mike […]
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My Favourite comedians

Strangely, it doesn't really change. Richard Pryor Number one is Richard Pryor, who was making Black Lives Matter jokes in 1973. Richard Pryor was making jokes about police brutality five decades ago, so it's incumbent on black comics now to do the same. Many of them are, but it is still incumbent on all of […]


I'm reading loads of books. I have just finished Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. It's brilliant. I've also read The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, and The Windrush Betrayal, which is a hugely stunning indictment of the Theresa May hostile environment campaign. I've read it twice. I've read Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, too. I've reread […]

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