Daddy Issues Podcast
Tuesday, 18 August
This weeks episode is with the INCREDIBLE writer, comedian and newly published FIRST TIME AUTHOR of 'Cheer The F**k Up'...Jack ROOKE.
Grief has been a recurring and relentless theme in Jack's life, having lost his father to cancer at the tender age of 15, and then a best friend to suicide at the age of 21.
Both these tragic deaths had a huge impact on Jack's direction in life and career trajectory, co-writing a show about his fathers death with his 85 year old nan, Good Grief, and then, Happy Hour, a comedic tribute to his friend lost to suicide. Both shows received high acclaim at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, after which he went on to present his own BBC Three documentary series, Happy Man, the BBC Radio 4 comedy, Good Grief, and was also BBC Radio 1’s on-air expert in bereavement and mental health for The Surgery.
Jack’s shows were such a success they transferred on to London’s Soho Theatre, Latitude Festival and The Roundhouse., and then in 2019 he was asked to contribute an essay to the award-winning book 'It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (& Other Lies)', curated by Scarlett Curtis. Finally, and very excitingly, his debut publication, Cheer the F**K Up is just starting it’s book tour, and is out to buy!
Jack has that amazing ability to lighten and make silliness of subject matters which are usually laden with weight and taboo, whilst managing to create a healthy channel for his own grief to express itself.
His wisdom and understanding of the world is well beyond his 26 years, and thank goodness there are people like him making conversations which are so often avoided, accessible and brilliantly funny to anyone and everyone who comes across his work.
I can't wait for you to hear Jack's episode. He is a wonderful human.
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If you'd like to seek guidance and support for any issues raised in the episodes there are three websites we would recommend depending on your individual needs:
www.juliasamuel.co.uk JULIA SAMUEL MBE
www.blackmindsmatteruk.com BLACK MINDS MATTER
www.griefuntangled.com GREIF UNTANGLED
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