Jonathan Pie

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Jonathan Pie
First appearance21 September 2015
Created byTom Walker
Portrayed byTom Walker
In-universe information
GenderMale
OccupationPolitical correspondent

Jonathan Pie is a fictional character created and portrayed by English actor and comedian Tom Walker. A political correspondent, Pie appears in a series of comedic online videos in which he rants angrily about British, American, and Australian politics,[1][2] with the videos being presented as though he were a real reporter giving his personal opinions before or after filming a regular news segment.

History[edit]

The first spoof news report featuring Pie, released just after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, was responding to mainstream media reports that gave particular weight to Corbyn's past relationship with Diane Abbott.[3] Walker was soon approached by several media companies, including RT UK. He worked with RT for several months before leaving in July 2016, just before his appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.[4]

The character received international coverage after the 2016 American presidential election, when his comments on Donald Trump's victory went viral and became a YouTube trending video.[5] The video had more than four million views as of early 2020, more than ten times any of his preceding videos.

Pie has occasionally appeared as the London correspondent for the Australian satirical news and current events programme The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.[6]

Pie went on his second tour in 2018 with Back to the Studio. He performed 45 dates in the UK, five dates in Australia, and six dates in the US.[7] In January 2020, a collaboration with environmental filmmaker Franny Armstrong led to a 13-minute mockumentary called Pie Net Zero.[8] Some episodes, including the post-US election episode, were co-written with Andrew Doyle.[9] Doyle's contribution began when the live show started.[10]

In 2022, he started showing up in The New York Times' opinion page. In first video he compared Boris Johnson with Donald Trump for an American audience as serial liars full of entitlement who had never met an ordinary person, besides – maybe – their chauffeur, selling out their allegedly beloved country to the highest bidder.[11] After this first video, in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he made other videos criticizing Tory politicians for accepting donations from Russian oligarchs.[12]

Live tours[edit]

Year Title Notes
2016–2017 Jonathan Pie Live 51 UK dates
2018 Back to the Studio 55 UK dates & 6 Australian shows
2019 Fake News 24 UK dates
2020 Fake News: Australia 7 dates
2021 The Corona Remix 44 dates. Extended & rescheduled dates from previous tour due to COVID-19 pandemic[13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2018 Jonathan Pie in America BBC
2021 Jonathan Pie: The World's End Spanner Films

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About Jonathan Pie". The Debrief. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  2. ^ "News Reporter Finally Snaps And Launches Tirade Against Everyone's Post-Brexit Bickering". 4 July 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ Bienaimé, Pierre (5 November 2015). "Q&A with Jonathan Pie, the 'reporter' furiously delivering the real news". Konbini. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  4. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (17 July 2016). "Mr Angry of TV comedy severs links with Putin network on way to Edinburgh fringe". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  5. ^ York, Chris (11 November 2016). "Jonathan Pie Blames The Left For Trump, Tories And Brexit". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  6. ^ Quinn, Belinda (3 May 2018). "Jonathan Pie explains why politics has lost the plot". The Brag. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ BWW News Desk. "Jonathan Pie Premieres New Show in U.S. This Fall, Back to the Studio in Select Cities". BroadwayWorld.com.
  8. ^ "Pie Net Zero". Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  9. ^ Doyle, Andrew (25 November 2016). "Jonathan Pie Said The Left Was Wrong, Not The Right Was Right". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  10. ^ "The Comedian's Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith: Episode 233 – Jonathan Pie (Tom Walker and Andrew Doyle)". British Comedy Guide. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. ^ Walker, Tom (4 February 2022). "'The First Thing You Need to Know About Boris Johnson Is He's a Liar'". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  12. ^ Pie, Jonathan; Westbrook, Adam (11 March 2022). "Opinion | Welcome to Londongrad, Where Kleptocrats Wash Their Money Clean". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  13. ^ "Jonathan Pie Tickets". viagogo.com/au.

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