[Tea With Alice] Jason John Whitehead – Haircutcast

Jason John Whitehead – Haircutcast

11/09/2019 by Alice Fraser

Web player: https://podplayer.net/?id=80880027
Episode: http://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/alicepodcast/248_jason_john_whitehead_-_haircutcast.mp3

Jason John Whitehead, writer and comedian comes to my flat in Edinburgh and we have a chat about hairstyles, comedy, growing up and international homesickness.

Find JJ at @jjwhitesnake on twitter.

Listen Date: 2019-11-30


  • I empathise hugely with JJ Whitehead’s proposal that the number of shorts you wear is an index of your happiness. He was talking about LA weather vs London weather, but even office formals vs walk on the street shorts makes it fit.
  • Alice’s point about “It’s the show I see most representative of myself which is why I made it an Amazon special but it’s also the show where I’ll least be able to take criticism.” was pretty poignant. And a bit parallel to “The price of getting you what you want, is getting what you once wanted.” from The Sandman. And another line similar to that is Pratchett’s “The price for being able to shoe anything, anything that anyone brings you . . . is having to shoe anything anyone brings you. The price for being the best is always . . . having to be the best. And you pays it, same as me.”
  • Also interesting: the point about American comedians being introduced with their credits and CV as opposed to European comedians being pushed on to stage to perform or bomb, Thunderdome style.
  • And that European standup comedy with its hour long sets forces you to build your show around a theme, not just rattle of sixty minutes of jokes; and how Netflix specials might push American comedy in that direction.


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