We caught up with our old friend Jack Rooke - comedian, writer and long-time CALM ambassador, to hear why he’s making comedy to help beat loneliness and how he’s using humour to address the awkwardness of being human.
You might know Jack as the writer and narrator of the critically acclaimed comedy series Big Boys. If you’ve not seen it, the witty series shows the ups and downs of Jack’s time at uni - those clunky first few days trying to make mates, the terrible freshers-induced hangovers and going through difficult stuff when you’re away from home.
With a new series on the horizon, we thought it was the perfect time to catch up with Jack about all things mental health and how the show addresses grief, depression and other tough topics.
Jack sees comedy as a chance to do something good, to break down those tricky topics that a lot of us struggle to talk about. He wants to make heavy problems less scary, by making them funny:
“Humour is always the best vehicle for knocking down those awkward barriers that people have in talking about more difficult issues. Comedy makes those subjects more accessible to people and it enables you to write characters that people can relate to and empathise with.”
He hopes everyone can find a character they connect with, because he knows that leaving home for the first time can be a really lonely experience.