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Emerging new talent in the comedy world

How Will Hislop (WH 06-11) has become one of the nation's well loved jokers during the national lockdown

Will Hislop featured in The Times on Saturday 30 January as part of an article about emerging new talent in the comedy world, entitled “How Will Hislop, Kieran Hodgson and Flora Anderson became the nation’s lockdown jokers”.

The piece mentions Will’s roles in a new BBC comedy, Dreaming Whilst Black, and a film, Touchdown; a guest role in the ITV detective series Grantchester; and his plans to develop his own character comedy show.

He is one half of the critically acclaimed, Edinburgh Fringe Festival sell-out sketch group, Giants, and has also been written about in Tatler.

The magazine commented he had “the mischief of Matt Lucas and the boyband appeal of Harry Styles”, and that Will “appears to be really hitting his comic stride”. 


From The Times on Saturday 30 January article by Dominic Maxwell:

Last spring 27-year-old Will Hislop was known to comedy fans as half of the double act Giants, for a few online videos of his own and perhaps too for being the son of the satirist Ian Hislop and the novelist Victoria Hislop.

Then, in May, he put Your Aunt at the NHS Clap on Twitter, a video in which he plays a woman smilingly mouthing all sorts of judgments on her neighbours.

He posted it on a Thursday night, straight after a clap. It connected in a flash. “It is surreal seeing how exponentially things can go viral on Twitter and Facebook for whatever reason,” he says.

No time for funny foreplay then; the premise of the sketch will tend to be in its title. Hislop’s other sketches include Cool Teacher and News Reporters Competing Over How to Say “Coronavirus”.

He writes and performs his sketches alone at his home in south London, but sends them to friends before he posts them. If they tell him it took a while to get the joke, he may go back and re-edit.

“So people can go, ‘Oh this is me, or my friend or my mum or whatever.’”

Read more: here


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