In that, he spoke a lot about his experience of growing up in the 70s and 80s, and the racism he and his family endured. Chortle Awards 2019: It was a normal word [in the past] and we had to laugh along with it.
He dropped out of a computer science degree, took a course in film and TV, and started working as an extra — getting jobs on Holby City and in the film Rogue Trader — while building up his comedy skills at open-mic nights. The debate hinges on whether it is acceptable for a white comedian in front of a largely white, although almost certainly liberal, audience to use such a toxic word so casually, even to prove a point about racism, when he — and they — can have no real grasp of its effect.
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Now he gets it online all the time. He started going to mental health groups and talks on depression. It is not known what role he will play, but he is one of the main cast named in the initial announcement.
He realised at school that he was funny and interested in comedy, but was too scared as a teenager, having grown up largely on a comedy diet of Bernard Manning, to go to a comedy club. He took one to the police, who failed to do much about it; a few months later, they told him they were letting it drop.
It includes two dates at Wembley Arena.