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Beyond The Joke on A Small Talk On Small Talk

 By Bruce Dessau in Beyond The Joke Posted on Saturday, December 12th, 2020
  • Beyond The Joke on A Small Talk On Small Talk

BBC Radio 4 is to air a stand-up special from Joz Norris.

A Small Talk On A Small Talk will be broadcast at 7.15pm on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Joz Norris doesn’t do small talk, but he’s moving home, so attending lots of flat-viewings and finding himself repeatedly having to chat with strangers.

Desperately, even by his own standards, he’s just answered the question, “What do you do in your spare time?” with “I went to a Van Morrison gig in 2016… but it wasn’t very good…” He remains mortified by just how hard he finds forcing himself to deal with new people.

In this comedy special, he unpacks why small talk is so utterly, existentially, horrible and invites you to 30 minutes inside Joz’s head – it’s a bit of a squeeze, but an intelligent, creative and rather noisy place!

Like his live shows, this half-hour special anchors itself around autobiographical moments, and incorporates some of his funniest, stupidest and most imaginative routines constructed into a narrative about loss, recovery and how small talk has ruined his life.

No Van Morrisons were harmed in the making of this programme.

Norris has just featured in the Telegraph’s round-up of Covid comedy highlights, calling his last film, You Build The Thing You Think You Are, “endearing and sharply directed.” Following the huge impact coronavirus had on live comedy, with widespread cancellations of much-loved gigs and comedy festivals, Norris went back to the building blocks of what would have been his Edinburgh 2020 show and made You Build The Thing You Think You Are into a new online experience. You can read more about it here.


A Small Talk On A Small Talk: Cast

Joz …. Joz Norris
Lucy …. Lucy Pearman

Written by Joz Norris
Producer: Steve Doherty
A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4

Pictures: Miranda Holms

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