Dom Joly gives an interview to Visit Watford, just before his show comes in town at the Watford Colosseum on 5th March 2020.
Writer, broadcaster and comedian Dom Joly is best known as the creator of ‘Trigger Happy TV’. Now he is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live. Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globetrotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots on the tour.
Dom Joly is an English television comedian and columnist, best known as the star of ‘Trigger Happy TV’, a hidden camera show that was sold to over seventy countries worldwide.
He was born on 15th November 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon, therefore growing up, he “looked up to foreign correspondents, diplomats and spies”. After moving to England and studying politics at SOAS University of London, he wanted to be a journalist, but was later fired for “mucking about too much in his interviews”. He then went on to do political comedy as well as starring in ‘Trigger Happy TV’ which became a massive success. Being in ‘Trigger Happy TV’ allowed him to branch out, writing for multiple publications and creating travel articles which turned into books; ‘The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World’s Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations, investigating dark tourism’ and ‘Scary Monsters and Super Creeps.’
“Writing was my first love…” he said, “All travel writing is really a mixture of comedy, observation, exaggeration and idiocy, and I’m kind of bang on with all four of those.”
Dom Joly’s show will be coming to the Watford Colosseum on the 5th March 2020. Dom will be talking about his exploits and travels from North Korea, the Congo, Syria as well as Chernobyl and promoting his latest book, ‘The Hezbollah Hiking Club.’ When asked more about what to expect in the show he explained that it will be him, a PowerPoint and funny and weird pictures/clips along with stories from his strange adventures: “It’s kind of like trying to make a PowerPoint interesting”.
Dom also revealed that he is currently writing his next book in which he travels around England. Dom decided that doing this tour will not only promote his current latest book but will be a good opportunity to travel across the country and write about it in his book.
“I’m not a stand-up comedian, I’ve never done stand up […] all my comedy is improvised” said Dom when asked about his show. “Its tales of lots of weird places that I’ve been to, and I am going to tell you everything about them so that you don’t have to.”