Joe Lycett has explained why he made Liz Truss look ‘silly’ during a controversial BBC interview.
The comedian appeared in the first episode of Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg on September 4 alongside Labor’s Emily Thornberry and former No10 staffer Cleo Watson.
After watching Kuenssberg interview then-prime ministerial candidate Truss live in the studio, Lycett was heard yelling from the off, “You smashed it, Liz!”
Lycett then sarcastically shared his thoughts on Truss and the Tory government while joking that he was “far right”.
During the interview, Lycett said of Truss, “I know there has been criticism The Post on Sunday today on left-liberal wokie comedians on the BBC. I’m actually very right wing and I love it. I thought she gave great clear answers. I know exactly what she’s up to.”
Reflecting on the viral interview, Lycett recounted The News Agents that his sarcasm stemmed from anger at the government’s “constant lying” about the Partygate scandal.
“Since Partygate I’ve been very angry with the government for losing my best friend at the start of lockdown – he’s had cancer for a long time,” said Lycett, explaining that he’s decided to stop coming to see him Follow the Covid regulations.
Lycett said his friend “had a very small, inadequate funeral,” adding, “We did everything right and found out that they didn’t do it — less that they didn’t do it, because I’m the movement of the government understand and there has been so much happening and people making mistakes; I understand that – but the consistent lie they all made for each other and for Boris [Johnson], I really found a shame. I found it disgusting how they behaved in office.”
The comedian said facing Truss and Rishi Sunak in the BBC studio he was “angry” which usually causes him to “go silly”.
“When they came into this room and I sat there, I felt the surge of anger. And when I get angry, I get silly. I’m not screaming. I’m like, ‘How can I make this person look silly?’ I almost planned to be sarcastic, but I hadn’t worked out any lines or anything.
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In response to his comments to The News Agents, Lycett sarcastically tweeted: “Just to get this straight, I’m being very sarcastic here. I love lies and @BorisJohnson!!”
The evening after his performance, the comedian announced the day after Daily mail Front page headline: ‘Now BBC comic mocks Liz Truss.’ The newspaper reported that the BBC had been accused of ‘anti-Tory bias’ over Lycett’s segment.
Lycett captioned the post, “I’ll be going to the framers in the morning.”
More than a month later, he revealed this wasn’t a hoax after revealing the framed front page on Twitter, writing, “It’s perfect.”
Elsewhere during the interview, Kuenssberg showed a news report arguing that Truss was a “stronger” candidate “than you think,” and Lycett said, “I think the haters will say we’ve had 12 years of Tories, and They’re kind of on the dregs of what they have available, and this Liz Truss is something of a backwash of available MPs. I wouldn’t say that because I’m incredibly right wing, but some people would say that.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/joe-lycett-liz-truss-rishi-sunak-b2241594.html Joe Lycett says he made Liz Truss look “silly” on the BBC show when seeing her made him “angry”.