I, Dave Johns | Life imitates art as coronavirus forces comic to sign on

I, Dave Johns

Life imitates art as coronavirus forces comic to sign on

comedyHe shot to fame as a man pounded by the bureaucracy of Britain’s benefits system.

And now, in a cruelly ironic example of life imitating art, comedian Dave Johns has been told to sign on for real after all his work dried up because of coronacirus.

‘I’ve just been told to claim employment and support allowance,’ the sixtysomething stand-up wrote on Twitter.

‘This is going to be a laugh when I walk into the job centre.’

In Ken Loach’s 2016 Palme d’Or-winning drama I, Daniel Blake, Johns plays a joiner who is deemed fit to work  despite the medical opinion of his cardiologist. And because he refuses a job, he loses his benefits.

Published: 20 Mar 2020

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