He tells of being sent out into the world with his mum's mantra of 'H'integration! H'integration! H'integration!' echoing in his ears.
His natural ability to make people laugh helped subdue daily racist bullying, led to lifelong friendships and occasional snogs, and then an invitation to audition for ITV’s New Faces, which would change his life forever.
Henry has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children's television to one of Britain's best-known and most celebrated comedians, as well as a writer, radio DJ, TV presenter, co-founder of Comic Relief, and award-winning actor.
As well as a career spanning 40 years in which he has become a national treasure, Henry has a PhD in Media Arts, and in 2015 was awarded a knighthood for services to charity and drama. In 2018, BBC One aired The Lenny Henry Birthday Show to celebrate his career thus far.
Romesh Ranganathan is an award-winning comedian and actor. His recent TV series, Asian Provocateur, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan and The Reluctant Landlord have made him a household name. Ranganathan also presents the popular music podcast Hip Hop Saved My Life, and his autobiography Straight Outta Crawley: The Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being was a The Sunday Times bestseller.
For ages 16+.
This talk on Monday 30 September is Speech-to-Text transcribed (STT).
Copies of Lenny Henry’s new book Who Am I, Again? (RRP £20) are available for £15 when you buy a ticket to the event. These can be collected at the event.
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