by Rachel Ogbu//
Stephen Amos is one of Britain’s most respected comedians born to Nigerian parents in the 1960s. He has been a big supporter of the LGBT+ community who this month is partaking in the broadcast of Pride Day across Channel 4, All 4 and More 4 celebrating 50 years since Parliament first voted to start legalising homosexuality.
He has been on his “World Famous” tour dishing out routines that particularly take aim at nationalism, casual racism and the current state of the world as the subject of the shows. “I think I do a show to leave people with humour and fun times and laughter but instead it’s leaving a path of destruction,” he tells The Guardian. “I’ve noticed the world changing only in the last sort of five or six years, and I put it solely down to the advent of social media, and the fact that we can now literally hear and see other people’s opinions. The fear-mongering has started. With the whole Brexit thing in the UK, nobody saw it coming. With the whole Trump thing, nobody saw it coming. But what it has revealed is that there has been a bubbling undercurrent of fear and hysteria and fake news. The whole refugee crisis dominated people’s consciousness; the terrorism, that dominated the consciousness. There’s an undercurrent of fear and people are tapping into that fear and it’s divided the whole world. It’s extraordinary.”
Amos who has been nominated for Chortle’s Best Compere Award three times in 2004, 2007 and 2008 started his career as a compere at the Big Fish comedy clubs in South London, he opened up about his homosexuality to his audience for the first time in 2006 during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
He continues to wow audiences and critics with his performances on stage and on screen as he shows he is not only a gift for comedy but also for more serious roles. He has released two DVDs Find The Funny – Live and The Feelgood Factor and is a published writer; I Used To Say My Mother Was Shirley Bassey (Constable, London, 2012). “This Autumn and Winter I’m touring another massive show across the country and the continent. Whether you live in Sweden or Swindon I’ll be bringing my carefully honed show to your city and all you have to do is turn up and laugh your heads off, so get your tickets now,” Stephen Amos says via his official website.
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