Jonathan Pie

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Jonathan Pie
First appearance21 September 2015
Created byTom Walker
Portrayed byTom Walker
Written by
  • Andrew Doyle[1]
  • Tom Walker
OccupationTelevision political correspondent

Jonathan Pie is a fictitious British news reporter, created and played by British actor and comedian Tom Walker, who formerly co-wrote the character with comedian and journalist Andrew Doyle.[2][3] Pie appears in a series of video clips where he rants about the state of politics in the United Kingdom[4][5][6] and the United States, presented as if he is a real reporter speaking his personal opinions to camera before or after filming a regular news segment.


The first spoof news report featuring Pie, released just after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, 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, which offered him complete creative control. He worked with RT for several months, before leaving in July 2016, just prior to his appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.[7]

The character received international coverage after the 2016 US election, when his comments on Donald Trump's victory went viral,[8] becoming a YouTube trending video. PJ Media did not recognise Jonathan Pie as a fictitious character, presenting him instead as a real-life, professional "British lefty reporter".[9]

Pie has occasionally appeared as the London correspondent for the Australian satirical news and current events programme The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.[10]

In 2017 he was criticised for a performance at the Cambridge Union Society due to his jokes about rape and sexual assault.[11]

Pie went on his second tour in 2018 with "Back to the Studio". He performed 45 dates in the UK, five dates in Australia, three dates in Switzerland, and six dates in the United States.[12]

Live tours[edit]

Year Title Notes
2016–17 Jonathan Pie Live Stand-up debut, 23 dates
2018 Back to the Studio 40 dates in UK, 6 dates in Australia, 3 dates in Switzerland & 6 dates in the United States
2019 The Fake News Tour 36 initial dates announced in the UK and 4 in Australia in 2020 [13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Doyle, Andrew (25 November 2016). "Jonathan Pie Said The Left Was Wrong, Not The Right Was Right". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Titania McGrath creator Andrew Doyle explains why he uses Twitter to mock the left". Sky News.
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About Jonathan Pie". The Debrief. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  5. ^ "News Reporter Finally Snaps And Launches Tirade Against Everyone's Post-Brexit Bickering". 4 July 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  6. ^ "'Funny 'cos it's true' – Jonathan Pie". RT International. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ York, Chris (11 November 2016). "Jonathan Pie Blames The Left For Trump, Tories And Brexit". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Lefty Reporter Jonathan Pie Gets It, Breaks Down Exactly Why Trump Won". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  10. ^ Quinn, Belinda (3 May 2018). "Jonathan Pie explains why politics has lost the plot". The Brag. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Pie comedian gives rape joke speech at Cambridge Union". The Tab. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  12. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Jonathan Pie Premieres New Show in U.S. This Fall, BACK TO THE STUDIO in Select Cities".
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  14. ^ Goodfellow, Mollie (11 March 2019). "Titania McGrath's tired and unfunny "joke" is just the old sneering at the young". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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