They must have known. There is only one role Stephen wants in the school play – the best one. We are all human beings and have dignity. People who looked like us. After London, where he was taunted by his teachers and his peers for being different, and where neighbours painted racist slurs on their car, wasn’t it wonderful stepping into a world where black skin was the norm? “At first it was an exciting adventure. In April 2010, Amos hosted The People's Music Awards in London. I started running away from home – though I didn’t go very far – staying out late and finding who I was. Amos has the distinction of being one of the few stand up comics chosen to appear at the 2007 Royal Variety Performance. The series is co written by Jonathan Harvey, and the third series commenced in January 2017. Amos is currently featured in the BBC Radio 4 show The Odd Half Hour, which began broadcasting on 16 November 2010. But I've now found out that it's more powerful to hold the silence. I know people [there] who are hiding on the ‘downlow’. Aim high Stephen! In 2012 Amos chaired a BBC Radio 4 programme, called Life: An Idiot's Guide, starting March 2012, where he and his pick of the circuit's best stand ups build an idiot's guide to life.. We have to weave stuff into the live show. And it wasn’t. Stephen's book, 'I used to say my mother was Shirley Bassey', is out now and his tour starts in Wakefield on 3rd October. If he’s that shy, what force propels Stephen K Amos out on stage every night? In March 2007, his documentary on homophobia in the black British community and Jamaica, Batty Man, was broadcast by Channel 4. I was going to stay here, if it meant me ringing social services or the police. In December 2010, Amos appeared on Live at the Apollo as host and compere. That whole thing about losing people and death is a long bit in the show and there's a silence in the room where you can hear a penny drop. See more of Stephen K Amos on Facebook. “I certainly wasn’t playing rugby,’’ said Stephen “I am the least sporty person.’’. Because you’ve got so many brothers and sisters, and my parents were quite young, and immigrants, we didn’t appreciate the stress they must have been going through. No.” Thoroughly versed in his mischievousness from reading the memoir, I speculate that he threw pebbles at the windows until someone let him in.  He is gay and an atheist. When you’re doing history as a six-year-old reading about slavery and Britain ruling the world, you think, ‘Britain ruled the world. The second pivotal influence was Delphine Manley, now an agent, but back in the day, a young woman doing comedy in rooms above pubs. He says, “My parents will read it, but they’re just caricatures in the book, that’s why it’s a memoir and that’s why there are no pictures – because then it’s out there. The event took place in the New Wimbledon Theatre. In 2010, Amos's own show was launched, a combination of stand up, sketches, and guest performers (who for the most part had not fully broken into television comedy), simply entitled The Stephen K Amos Show. Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event. “Ha, I did that! – and suddenly it was a me-coming-out show. Stephen K Amos : Is his mum really Shirley Bassey? I don’t want to upset people, or upset myself. Because of my parents’ story, and what I went through, if people respect me for something good, I’ve done a good job. ©Copyright 2001-2020. It’s the pressure of family expectation. Amos is a comedy circuit regular and had his own TV programme, 'The Stephen K Amos Show'. “My whole thing is as long as the audience are enjoying what I do. Create New Account. “To be perfectly honest, I think it’s about respect. During the audience, Amos told Pope Francis: "I lost my mother, three months ago I buried my twin sister, who were both very religious. A regular on the international comedy circuit, he is known for including his audience members during his shows. Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice.  Amos is a member of The Arts Emergency Service. Britain is a deeply divided country right now. This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. Sometimes people have come up to me after this show with tears in their eyes or wearing a badge for Breast Cancer or something and it's about being touched by other people's stories. My twin sister has and said, ‘Why don’t you do a book that is more autobiographical?’ She doesn’t like it. In February 2013, Amos presented another series of this programme, where guests on the programme included Fred MacAulay, Angela Barnes and Greg Proops. He was originally asked to write a straightforward autobiography. - Flicky Harrison. “The reason I don’t say my age is because in this business people pigeonhole you and go ‘This is what you can do at this age.’ I surround myself with younger, upbeat, enthusiastic people who inspire me. If I sound hazy about time, it is because what Amos writes in his memoir, I Used To Say My Mother Was Shirley Bassey, doesn’t always dovetail with what he says when we meet at Edinburgh’s Hotel Indigo. Wait until 2021 for your fireworks display, that's the message from Maisie who was burnt in 2016. At the same time, no one should be forcibly outed. In 2009, Stephen appeared on Soccer AM, and is a fan of West Ham United. It keeps us on our toes.’’, The comedian was invited to take part in TV’s Great British Bake Off. 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The family moved so often that, jokes Stephen K Amos, “I thought we were in the Witness Relocation Programme.”, When it was announced that the family would holiday in Nigeria, the reaction from this brood was muted. On her return, we get the lowdown on a stand-up making comedic waves with brutal honesty, Matt Berry on fishcakes, Toast of London and Roy Keane(28 Oct 2015)On tour, on telly and all over the place, the comedy star takes on our First and Last quiz, He's back with new show Right Here, Right Now – get presale tickets, A subscription box with a difference — take £6 off a vegan lifestyle or beauty box, Make huge savings on your first order from Naked Wines, Online comedy shows you can watch from the comfort of your home. “I did it for a laugh and a good cause. We had none of that in England. A Gannett Company. I thought that wasn't very fair because people are entitled to their own opinions and instead of tackling this in a creative way you've just slagged her off and made sure that she will never admit to anything like that again in any situation. , Amos, one of eight children, lives in South London. “It was so ecstatic, going to a place where you are judged by your character, because they can’t make a judgement about your skin colour. The Vatican said Amos could ask anything he liked. I don’t know how things would have turned out if we’d stayed in Nigeria. I’m British.’ But your friends go, ‘You look like slave’.”. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. He received a standing ovation for both performances. The orthodox Jewish comedian and devout Muslim comic talk about joining forces and their unlikely, but valuable, double-act, Acclaimed stand-up heads off on his first national tour, The Brighton-based comic and wannabe chef tours with her Entry Level Human show, We talk to Lee Minora, who talks to Amanda Kelleher, who has questions for Miranda Prag, who interviews Jessica Hagan, As James Acaster prepares for another comedic onslaught upon the Fringe, he discusses award nominations, audience perceptions and how lucky he feels, The introverted Scandi comic shot to Fringe fame last year with an award-winning debut set. Log In. Amos only agreed to attend if he could ask the Pope questions. Comedian Stephen K Amos has faced personal tragedy in the last 18 months so his new show, Bouquets and Brickbats, has a brutal honesty. See more of Stephen K Amos on Facebook. Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? There is only one role Stephen wants in the school play – the best one. On a related note, he gently mocks political correctness, in one of his favourite recurring jokes referring to his own penis size: "some stereotypes I can live with!". and was certainly not known for wallowing in sadnessThe devastation threatened to overwhelm the comedian, who said he just wanted to hide, but he pulled himself back from the brink. It is definitely my most personal show. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. He rears back, hand to chest, looks at his sister and then at me. Facebook. Amos also starred in an episode of Mad Mad World on ITV1 in Spring 2012. It's all about going out there and listening to people's laughter or their reactions to what I'm saying. So me coming on this pilgrimage, being non-religious, I was looking for answers and faith. I go on stage. In fact, they returned to Britain after a year or so. or. Older brother, older sister, twins, then the other creatures,” he waves his hand dismissively, and then explains that the young lady joining us, with whom he clearly shares a warm relationship, is in fact his younger sister.
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