On Sunday the national left-wing touring comedy show “Stand Up For Labour” arrived in Ealing at Questors theatre. As well as Ealing resident Shappi Khorsandi and Ealing raised Hal Cruttenden, Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq trod the boards “I was asked last year to introduce Shappi Khorsandi (who’s older brother was in my class at primary school) and got a bit carried away so had my own slot this year but I’d pretty much told all the jokes I knew in 2017 so instead related recent comings and goings of the House of Commons.”
There were observations about canvassing in the snow – “No cold callers? Bit impossible in sub-zero temperatures,” and how expectations are so low with the May premiership just to give a speech without the set falling apart is a triumph – “The writing is not on the wall for this government, it’s just slowly sliding off”.
There were two standard gags though, one supplied by Rupa’s 14 year old son (who came in for a bit of ribbing himself), Q: “Why did Lionel tidy his room?” A :“Because it was Messi”. Also final one was the answer given by Cameron back in the days when Labour were in power and he was asked “Tell us a joke”. The reply was “Nick Clegg”. Alas the words came back to haunt during the coalition.
How did the experience compare to speaking in Parliament? “It was a different set-up from the Commons where microphones and speakers are discreetly positioned and camouflaged so I must say as soon as I grabbed the mic I couldn’t resist doing a Neil Kinnock and roaring - We’re awlriiiight”, as he did circa 1982 in a rally which supposedly lost him the election. Alas it was lost on the young Corbynistas in the audience although the oldies chuckled.”
Rupa says she has no plans to change career to stand-up comedy. Who says politics is showbiz for ugly people?