EP61- Jonathan Pie – The power of political satire on social media

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EP61- Jonathan Pie – The power of political satire on social media


Total run time: 1 hour 10 mins 18 secs.

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About Tom Walker…

Tom Walker is better known as Jonathan Pie (@JonathanPieNews) a satirical news reporter character who is an idealist at heart but can’t stand the way his job often pans out. 

In little over a year Tom has grown a dedicated and engaged social media audience of people who believe in Pie’s words but also those who do not. 

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Jonathan Pie…

  • The name. [0 mins 0 secs]
  • How do you make your videos? [1 mins]
  • How does he deal with his anxiety when recording himself outside? [1 mins 45 secs]
  • Working with Russia Today to make videos. [3 mins 22 secs]
  • Is there anyone you wouldn’t work with / would you do another deal in the future? [5 mins 16secs]
  • What was his reasoning for taking sponsorship from Russia Today and why did he do it? [8 mins 38 secs]
  • How did he feel about people ripping his videos even though it led to him getting a career. [11 mins 45 secs]
  • Do you find people come expecting something else because of the online content? [18 mins 10 secs]
  • How ahead is his video schedule planned? [20 mins]
  • How he deals with hate as a character act. [36 mins 55 secs]
  • How close is Tom to the character of Pie? [40 mins]
  • How politically informed are you / do you have to be? [42 mins]
  • What do you think Pie would make of the Russell Brand revolution? [43 mins 45 secs]
  • How reviews impact him personally. [59 mins 40 secs]

Social media…

  • How hard has it been to get your audience to come see you live? [45 mins 35 secs]
  • How many trolls does the Pie character get?  [45 mins 35 secs]
  • How does he use the different social media channels? [47 mins 42 secs]
  • If you could go back and change how you built an audience what would you do differently? [49 mins 42 secs]

Everything else…

  • What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [1 hour 03 mins 25 secs]
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 03 mins 25 secs]
  • What are the common misconceptions people have about what you do? [1 hour 03 mins 25 secs]
  • Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [1 hour 03 mins 25 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? [1 hour 03 mins 25 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you would give a comedian who wants to build an online audience? [1 hour 03 mins 25 secs]









Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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