I met the comic Tom Ward briefly, years ago, while sharing a flat with his mate, another up-and-coming comic at the time, called Josh Thomas. It was during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and they were two wide-eyed young comedians on the make, all of – I don’t know – about 18 years old, give or take. They were as keen about comedy as I was at their age, only, there was no internet or Raw Comedy or podcasts or anything other than television, videos and libraries requiring dedicated diligence and perseverance in order to make the most of them, when I was 18. It was harder to ‘know about’ a lot of stuff, is all I’m saying. Still, I was impressed that Tom knew about an old film I’d just purchased on DVD. I’d picked up a cheap copy of Tommy Cooper’s The Plank.
“You’ve heard of this?” I marvelled.
“Yeah,” Tom said. “My grandad told me about it”.
I was, at best, only twice their age. I may have had friends with kids nearly as old as them. But being compared to the grandad made me feel even older. Yet both kids clearly did know about comedy. And still do.
Turns out that Tom has made a lovely little filmed item called Subtitles for the hearing impaired… if written by a 14-year-old girl that’s received an airing in Josh’s current show, The Josh Thomas Variety Hour. Made me laugh.
Maybe in 30 years time someone who was born five years ago will show it to someone who won’t be conceived for another 15, only to be compared to that kid’s grandad.
ADDENDA – ‘Ain’t Nothin’ New Under The Sun’ Department