Living legend Lenny Henry, of British comedy fame, has released his much-awaited autobiography. And while we may not have yet read it, there are plenty of hints from this event to the comical, the emotional and the poignant life this man has led.
While part of a literature season – something steeped in stereotypes of a middle class, white community, full of seriousness, this night was nothing of the sort.
Lenny Henry, interviewed by another modern-day comedy legend Romesh Ranganathan, provides only snippets to his life, to what is eluded in his book, but the banter between the two is electric – like old friends having a chat, providing us with a ridiculous amount of laughter.
This was not just an evening of talk show-like comedy – between them, these comedians of Black and Asian ethnicity make a real stomp on the reality of modern-day racism and politics, as well as comparing the years in which Henry grew up, which was just as bad, if not worse for discrimination. They make real important points about how things have changed, what was and is not okay in our society and the changes that are important – and to hear this from one of our most famous Black comedians, a man who grew up in a white, northern British world, you cannot help but feel total admiration for him.
Lenny Henry’s book, is, as previously said, much awaited – and I am eager to hear more from this eloquent and impressive man, not only on his world but also on the importance of his opinions, further in writing.