David Baddiel's new show to take on internet trolls

Friday 9th March 2018, 5:46pm

  • David Baddiel's new stand-up show for 2019 will be titled Trolls: Not the Dolls
  • He is due to undertake work-in-progress gigs in October at London's Soho Theatre
  • The blurb explains: "David has always seen trolls as hecklers"
David Baddiel.

David Baddiel's new stand-up show will focus on the topic of internet abuse, the comedian has revealed.

Titled Trolls: Not the Dolls, the show follows on from his previous critically acclaimed live shows Fame: Not the Musical and My Family: Not the Sitcom.

The promotional blurb for the show says: "The internet, as we know, doesn't have rules and laws, but if it has one, it might be: Don't Feed The Trolls. Don't for goodness sake, encourage these terrible people who spend all day insulting and abusing strangers for no other reason than their own souls have huge gaps in them, by replying to them.

"It's a good law. And it's one that David Baddiel has consistently broken. Because David has always seen trolls as hecklers. And if you get heckled, it is a comedian's duty not to ignore the heckler but to wittily put them down. Over the years he's spent a lot of time doing this. Which has led him to think that there might be a show in it: a show that would say something about how we live now. And also, a bit of a self-help manual. As lots of people get trolled, but not that many people know how to deal with it.

"David has stories to tell, of the dark, terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths interacting with trolls has led him down. Come with him on this comedy journey into our culture's most dank virtual underground. You will come back safe, more able to deflect your own trolls, and only a little bit soiled."

Baddiel, who is still touring My Family: Not the Sitcom, until June (Tickets), has now announced a work-in-progress run for Trolls: Not the Dolls at Soho Theatre from the 1st to 13th October. Tickets

Baddiel talked in-depth to British Comedy Guide in February. Speaking about his plans for his next show, he said: "I wanted to do a show that's slightly less personal than the last two, just a bit less family secrets and whatever, and more about how we live now. I think you can say quite a lot about that if you look at trolls, the way that they fail to empathise with people; anger and all the rest of it." Interview

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