Working Class Comedian on Radio Next Week Sending Up Benefits System

This could be really good. According to next week’s Radio Times for 27th February – 5th March 2021, Radio 4 begins a new series at 11.00 pm Wednesday night with the comedian Tom Mayhew, in which he recounts his own experience of the benefits system. It’s called Tom Mayhew Is Benefit Scum, which accurately sums up the Tory attitude towards the unemployed, long-term sick, disabled and indeed anyone claiming benefits. The blurb for the programme on page 137 of the Radio Times runs

The working-class comedian presents and autobiographical journey through the benefits system in a stand-up series that takes a wry look at prejudices towards benefits claimants and turns those assumptions on their heads.

The additional piece about it on the opposite page, 136, gives this information

There’s an endearing ruefulness about stand-up comedian Tom Mayhew. He seems to understand that the way to get comic mileage out of the less than advantageous hand life has dealt him is not to get too angry about it. This show, which started life on the Edinburgh Fringe, is based on his experience of the benefits system, and although it wasn’t available at the time of going to press, we can possibly glean things from routines he’s put up online. I like his line about how – jobless in 2010 – he found his Pokemon cards were worth more than his A-level certificate.

Assuming this programme does what the Radio Times claims it does, it could be very, very good. The treatment of people claiming benefits in this country is absolutely scandalous, thanks to the Tories and New Labour, and well deserves to be sent up. It looks like its going to be a gentle mocking, rather than the vicious attack the murderous system and the unindicted crims behind it deserve. It’ll be interesting to see what the press makes of it. They’ll either ignore it, or else rant about how the Beeb is glamorising welfare dependency and so should be privatised.

But programmes like this demonstrate the opposite. They’re why we need proper public service broadcasting, as we won’t get this kind of material from Murdoch.

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8 Responses to “Working Class Comedian on Radio Next Week Sending Up Benefits System”

  1. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

  2. trev Says:

    I’ll be listening to that, if I remember that is, sounds like it could be good. A 6.30 slot would be better though.

  3. trev Says:

    It should be on the iplayer or whatever it’s called. Or repeated on Radio 4 Extra if you have a DAB radio. I found Jagnews on there in the 10:30pm time slot on there last night whilst I was twiddling my knob. Radio 4 can be quite ‘subversive’. Switched over to Radio 3 for some chill tunes to drift off too.

    • trev Says:

      Looks like there’s some tiresome idiot playing silly buggers again, I’ve had this happen repeatedly on other blogs, posting silly and/or offensive comments under the name ‘Trev’ as though it’s me.

      • beastrabban Says:

        Thanks for the alert, Trev – he does appear to be a different person, although from his email it seems he shares your name.

  4. Tom Mayhew Says:

    Hey, thanks for the recommendation! It means a lot.

    Appropriately, I found this blog while searching to see if there were any press reviews about for the show. There isn’t much yet, so any shouting you can do to get people to listen to the series would be great.

    I hope you enjoy the series, and I promise you that it will be worth your time.

    Stay safe.


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