Joe Lycett: 'You can't go too far wrong with the Pointer Sisters'
- Brian Donaldson
- 14 June 2018
Pun loving comedian drops some names and explains where he got this latest tour title from
That Joe Lycett is a proper name-dropper. 'I said to Sarah Millican that I felt I had to write a show that was suited for bigger venues and, in her infinite wisdom, she said "no, the show should be good enough for 100 people in Hartlepool".' Point taken, Lycett has been doing his utmost across the nation with I'm About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett (he loves a dodgy pun for his show titles does our Joe).
'You can't go too far wrong with the Pointer Sisters,' he insists. 'James Acaster [there he goes again] suggested that I go the whole hog and choose I'm So Joe Lycett, and I Just Joe Lycett, I'm About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett. There was another long one that was a strong contender but then I listened to the Pointer Sisters song and thought "can I walk on feeling confident to this music? Well yes I probably can!" So we named the whole tour after that.'
In terms of the actual content of his show, Lycett rejects the notion of a fixed theme and instead is riffing on bizarre and funny stuff that's happened to him in the last couple of years. 'I'm not that sort of writer where I can restrict myself to a theme, just in case nothing good comes of it,' he admits. 'I prefer to get annoyed about stuff and then maybe you can spot loose themes that you can tie together. Not to give away too much but there's a video where you can hear Daley [Tom, the Olympic diver] in the background talking about "the Lycett situation" which relates to some trolling I'd been doing on Instagram. For a while I thought about calling the show The Lycett Situation. I quite like the idea that I'm a situation.'