Yesterday, comedian Joe Lycett appeared on new political TV show, Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Lycett’s appearance on the show went viral across social media platforms, as he pretended to have very right-wing political opinions and mocked Liz Truss and the energy bill crisis.
He said: “You said earlier I’m not left or right. I know there’s been criticism in the Mail on Sunday today about lefty liberal wokie comedians on the BBC. I’m actually very right wing and I loved it.”
Speaking about Truss announcing help for the energy crisis, Lycett mocked her, saying: “I thought she was very clear, she gave great, clear answers, I know exactly what she’s up to. She was very clear what she said, I’m reassured, you’re reassured.”
Host Kuenssberg was unimpressed by Lycett’s responses, telling him: “This is a serious point Joe.” Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry, also appeared on the new show and was seen smirking at Lycett’s performance.
‘I’m incredibly right-wing’
Later in the show, Lycett continued his fake conservative support, saying: “The haters will say, ’12 years of the tories and we’re sort of at the dregs of what we’ve got available and that Liz Truss is the backwash of the available MPs’, I wouldn’t say that because I’m incredibly right-wing, but some people might say that.”
Lycett continued the mockery of Kuenssberg’s show on Twitter, sharing a Tweet advertising the new show and writing: “Really excited to be on this new version of Would I Lie To You.”
Fans of Lycett took to Twitter to celebrate his performance on the show. Even Labour MP Jess Phillips tweeted her support, stating: “I’m biased for sure, but refusing to take the deeply unserious performance and proposals from Liz Truss seriously showed exactly how seriously Joe Lycett thinks politics and the energy crisis is. His performance was better and more honest than Truss by a country mile.”
It has since been announced that Truss is the new Prime Minister, beating Rishi Sunak to the post. Time will tell if any of her policies generate discussion for the right reasons, rather than being shot down by a comedian simply refusing to take the absurdity of politics seriously.