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Brainchild and alter ego of actor Tom Walker, Jonathan Pie is the frustrated news reporter that satirises the world of politics and the media. Known for venting his spleen in unguarded “off-camera” rants, Pie’s online videos have been viewed by millions worldwide. First bringing the character to life in September 2015, Walker’s parody of a raging journalist become a viral hit when he famously ‘lost it’ outside the UK Houses of Parliament. His fan base has continued to gain momentum ever since. The recent national tour of his debut live show culminated in a sell-out run at the London Palladium.
Watch Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio
Popular British fake newsman Jonathan Pie brings a rare authenticity to the political coverage of the day. But now his attempt to keep cool during a “rehearsal” for his latest topical discussion show is not going quite to plan…
Attracting big audiences online and now in the flesh, this slice of Pie’s delicious fury will satisfy the most satirical of appetites.
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Born in Taunton, Somerset, 38 year old Tom Walker graduated from Drama School in 2000. With no real political background, Walker never intended to be a satirist, telling the RT ‘I’m an actor, I wanted to create something that was easy to make, and for some reason I thought that this would work. The YouTube generation – they want small snippets of entertainment, and this seemed the way that I could create something that was two or three minutes long, and hopefully people would enjoy.”
One of the first spoof news report featuring Pie to go viral was released on Youtube in 2015 showing his british political journalist character ranting in the Westminster rain at David Cameron, Alan Sugar, Nuclear Weapons, Matt Damon and Jeremy Corbyn’s treatment by the press. Walker was soon approached by several media companies, including RT UK, the Russian government-funded television network, which offered him complete creative control. He worked with RT for several months, before leaving in July 2016, just prior to his solo debut Jonathan Pie; Live! at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
Tom’s co-writer is comedian Andrew Doyle, who started writing for Pie in December 2015. Since then they have collaborated on live shows, various pieces for television and radio, and weekly online videos including a response to the US election result which has had in excess of 130 million views.