Comedian bitches about UK politics after mother’s death – BBC News


Luisa: Are we allowed to say bitches?
Lizzie: Are we allowed to say bitches? We don’t actually know. Luisa: Politics for bitches Luisa: So it’s a stand-up show and it’s
called Politics for Bitches. The idea came from that I hate politics, I find it so boring,
so unaccessible, genuinely could not care less for it. And then so many things started
happening last year, you know and like Trump got elected and the Brexit things and then
I just realised I was like I’ve got no idea what any of this means and like I feel like
you need a dictionary or a thesaurus to watch a programme like Question Time or to watch
a YouTube video even on what’s a referendum mean. And then sadly my mum last year she
passed away from cancer Luisa: I called 999, I called 111, I called
every help line I could think of to support my mum. And it got to the point where I went
to the oncologist and he said there’s no helping your mum.
Luisa: So I started talking about this on stage and being like oh, for me I thought
politics was oh those guys in Westminster that doesn’t affect me, I’m just trying
to figure out how to contour, live my best life mate. And then it did affect me because
my mum died and she died horribly, and I was like the system wasn’t there to aid her
or support her Luisa: I said please there must be something
you can do, it’s 2017, some body cannot die like this. They said there’s nothing
we can do. Your mum will go home to die. My mum paid taxes her entire life, she did not
deserve the ending that she had. Luisa: It doesn’t sound very funny, I mean
it wasn’t for a long time, but then by using comedy and using the audiences and their experience
I’ve turned it into a comedy show. Lizzie: So tell me about that, what have you
learnt? Luisa: Well I’ve learnt that the Tory Party
and the Conservative Party are actually the same thing. That’s the one thing that I’ve
learnt. Because for a while there I thought they were two separate guys.
Lizzie: Ok, we’re starting from quite a low knowledge level.
Luisa: Dude, this is the thing, because I think people are too scared to be called stupid.
I didn’t know who Margaret Thatcher was for a long time. I thought she was like a
popstar in the 80s, didn’t realise, listen it wasn’t my fault…
Lizzie: So Duran Duran, Margaret Thatcher …
Luisa: I didn’t know, I was into Cher. Anyway, in my first show, Beyonce, I did this whole
skit about how I accidentally went online, I watched The Iron Lady, I thought she was
a very powerful woman, and I said I love Margaret Thatcher online. Oh my dear, never put that
on your Facebook status, because boy did I get an education. And then I was on the front
of like the Telegraph being like this is the face of right-wing comedy, it was me and I
was like I don’t even know what right-wing is mate so ….
Lizzie: Why do you think that politics, a lot of young people, a lot of young women
aren’t engaged in politics. Why don’t you think they pay attention?
Luisa: Because it’s purposefully unaccessible.. Lizzie: You think it’s deliberately inaccessible
Luisa: Mate totally, totally, because politics in itself, not deliberately in terms of we’re
going to make it so complicated so you don’t understand, but by so many people getting
into it they get into their own heads with it and by getting so up themselves they’ve
lost track of going actually the more you know about it the more it’s your duty to
share that information with people that don’t, because politics affects everybody.
Lizzie: And how do we encourage more people to get into politics then, how do we encourage
more people to think then yeah, I could be an MP?
Luisa: I think it’s empowering everyday people just to realise their importance and
rather than it being us Westminster and you people saying you don’t worry about that,
I think that’s very much also a London-centric thing, London’s its own entity and all the
rest of the UK just has to put up and shut up and deal with it, whereas London makes
all the decisions, London gets everything. And actually there is a, there’s millions
of other people out there that are working every day, that are working hard, that are
paying their taxes, and it would be nice to get those voices in. But it’s funnier than
it sounds. Lizzie: The show is funny.
Luisa: There are some jokes in there. Very exciting, yeah.
Lizzie: That’s brilliant. Luisa thanks very much.
Luisa: Thanks for having me.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. Merry Christmas Everybody! I too thought politics were boring but now that I'm in the White House I'm beginning to revel in all the drama.

  2. Remember when everyone attacked Conservatives in America for saying “death panels” would be a part of socialized medicine? They did that to her mom. She was determined not worthy of wasting funds to try to save.

  3. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. This is a test. This is a test. This is a test. How much wood would a woodpecker peck if a woodpecker woodpeck wood

  4. Sorry about her mother but this is what amounts to 'comedy' apparently these days – grim left wing beliefs force fed to an audience who are obliged to laugh at something that in actuality isn't funny whatsoever..

  5. Good for her!!! I think lots of people hate politics because they think it’s far removed and boring but an educated electorate is the bedrock of a democracy

  6. "People don't want to be called stupid", well, if the cap fits. This woman is dumb then some. It doesn't help that the stupid cow interviewing her is laughing at her "humour".

  7. I think that the title was a little misleading, but the video was still an interesting insight! So well done for that, it seems super interesting!

  8. There is no politics, politics has become the mechanism that drives fiscal policy, they're all aiming to pull levers. I agree with that, at forty I heard the last of the buses going around screaming for social unity on election day as a child.

  9. Comedy is dead. And people complaining about the Title shut the fuck up. And its impossible to cure cancer when its on the late stages. Get informed …

  10. This is why folks say talking about politics is “rude”. Folks are too embarrassed to express their own political grounds or lack there of so the easiest thing to do is claim its wrong to talk about it.

  11. Govt Monopoly is living hell. The Left always promises heaven an always delivers hell. There are no exceptions. If they haven't delivered hell to people they claim to serve….. just give them time😠!

  12. What a tragic title. If I wanted vulgar titles , I would read trash like daily mail and the sun. Keep it professional you paedo corporation

  13. She is a good example of where we are and we are headed to. We have been "dumbified" to a degree that now we will have no option but to wait to be swept away to oblivion as civilization!

  14. feminism is cancer women who want to be men ohhh the ironey is lost on these pathetic parasites men created civilization get over it

  15. When is she becoming funny. But hey people go to her show for laugh not emotional blackmail. You really aren't funny, and being stupid for the sake of it isn't funny. Never heard of you but I'll make sure I never watch you. And are you mental they have women only shortlists of emotionally charged women. BBC you're an arse and so is the unfunny lass.

  16. The idea that you "deserve" something by paying taxes is ridiculous. A cow may as well say "I gave milk my whole life, I don't deserve to be turned into dog food". The answer is to squeeze government until it becomes no larger than absolutely necessary. That's what Maggie was all about actually, but they did not listen, they did not know how, and they seriously need to listen now, as government uses technology and its exceptionalist self-view to farm non-public sector people like ants do aphids.

  17. Yawny fevking yawn yawn, didn't see much humour here and thats being kind, this was using her audience as therapy, she should be paying them to listen.

  18. I'll save you the bother of watching her routine…
    "…Patriarchy…abortion…vagina…racists…vagina…menstrual- cycle…homophobes/transphobes…vagina…men's vaginas…brexit…bigots…vagina"

  19. Not a criticism of this woman but a general criticism of British comedy on television.I believe all British comedy acts are discovered by television executives who are drunk definitely holding a alcoholic drink in their hands.Comedy made by the British is Unfunny and you'd have to be drunk to find it funny.Sat sober watching television I can't believe the crap the utter rubbish on television.Non comedy programmes are just as bad.

  20. Please BBC, could you equalise the audio (that means "sound") ? Most companies that work in broadcasting do this, perhaps you might too . Ok, we know you're not a company, and you extort funds from the people, and suck up to the government for a bigger budget. and create propaganda for the political machine that commands you, and only employ people who will stay on message, but you could do better on this technical standard. You only have two, video and audio, perhaps that's too much. Maybe just stick to one: shutdown everything except radio. It'll be like the good old days. Make the BBC great again

  21. The onion does better articles than the BBC, whoever thought this constituted news in any way shape or form should be fired immediately.

  22. I really like Luisa's energy and ability to connect with her audience. I saw her "What Would Beyonce Do" show on the iPlayer last year and it was pretty smart. However, I'm shocked about how little she previously knew about politics. It's sobering to think that this is how little people actually care about the political system and that it doesn't even feature as a tiny blip on their day-to-day radar.

    I hear the same phrases around "It's boring" and "it isn't relevant to my life" which makes me annoyed for two reasons: 1) we clearly need to show (mainly younger) people that politics isn't boring and that it actually is very important to everyone's lives and 2) if something is perceived to be "boring", that doesn't mean that you should turn your back on it and not try and understand what's going on.

    The country and world is the mess it is because too many people actively refuse to engage or try and get under the skin of what the political agenda is, and as a result… those who yield political power remain in charge and their actions go unchecked.

    What do young people need to do in order to take control of their own political consciousness? Surely their voices need to be heard but in order for this to happen, there needs to be a shift in the way that mainstream culture integrates political debate into its own agenda?

    Should education take place in school?
    Should we leave it to the role-models and "influencers" of the day to encourage political activism and consciousness?
    Does technology have a role in modernising access to politics (social media voting, YouTube manifestos, etc)?
    How can political debate and constitutional rights be framed in a way that makes politics more interesting in today's world?
    Does politics need to change or do people's attitudes towards it need to shift? Or both?

    It's not just the younger generation who need to be reconnected with politics – recent interviews broadcast from around the country in the aftermath of Brexit has shown that there's a general lack of understanding (on both sides) across all generations in the UK. We don't need to be experts on economics, constitutional affairs or social mobility – we just need to be able to think critically, take in facts, assess arguments on their merits and to be able to separate bias from reality (whenever possible).

    So I'm glad comedians like Luisa are standing-up (literally) for political awareness and that through their amazing ability to connect to their audiences in a very human way, may be able to change our collective views on the importance of political engagement.

    Apologies for the long comment! It's something that's been getting me down quite a bit these days.

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