Simon Amstell on truth, therapy and self-expression

Simon Amstell first came to public attention, through his unsettling of mainstream pop acts, first as co-host of Channel 4’s Popworld, and then as presenter of BBC panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. A stand-up comedian, writer and director, he has recently written a book, Help, in which he examines his compulsion to reveal his entire self on stage.

Simon Amstell Highlights - Being a Man Festival 2017

 

In these edited highlights from his appearance at Being A Man festival, in conversation with Southbank Centre Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word, Ted Hodgkinson, Amstell talks through some of the themes from Help. In an entertaining talk, the writer discusses the process of articulating his thoughts through his comedy, an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, and the absurdity of sexism.

We all come out of a woman, so when do we start being sexist? Are we there in the womb thinking this is all very well, but I think my dad would do a better job?
Simon Amstell on sexism

Simon Amstell was appearing at Southbank Centre as part of Being A Man, our annual festival exploring what it means to be a man in the 21st century.

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