My Comedy Hero: James Acaster on The Rock
'It's nice to have a big muscly guy being funny and stupid'
This article is from 2014.
The Rock was one of my favourite comedy characters growing up, and I still think he is. Mainly because he took himself so seriously by being ridiculous and a buffoon all the time but always took the high status. I liked all his little catchphrases and mannerisms; he would call people ‘jabroni’, which is still very funny and tell everyone they needed to know their roles and referring to himself in the third person all the time.
There’s not many comedy characters that make me laugh as much as The Rock does; it’s nice to have a big muscly guy being funny and stupid. And he’s in an arena where people take themselves far too seriously and he’s making himself look like an absolute idiot. I could try and sound more clever, but if I’m being honest with myself, it has to be The Rock. I never liked wrestling, but I thought The Rock was brilliant, and that is a statement to how funny he is that I’d even watch a show that I didn’t like just to see him on it. All of wrestling was stupid and I didn’t understand why my friends took it so seriously and saw it as a real thing. I didn’t get how they couldn’t see that WWF was a massive platform for this comedy genius.
Òran Mór, Glasgow, Sun 9 Nov.