Josh Thomas on finishing Please Like Me & being a supportive friend

published on July 9, 2020

Someone who’s helped me the most in my lifeand what I would like to say to them?For Facebook?To go on Facebook?Humour and difficult moments for me aren’t, like, separateLike, I always think that, like, really funny things happen when sad things happen and really sad things happen when funny things happenYou know, they’re not, like — they’re intertwined

Like, someone falling over is very funny but also sad And usually they’re, like, linkedWe use humour in my family to, like, deflect from the reality but that’s helpfulWhen I’m going through a tough time the kind of support I like is when people just agree that it’s badLike, the most supportive thing someone’s done for me in a tough time is, like,

Just been, like, “Ah, that’s shit”I really hate it when people try and, like, solve the problem or try tell me it’s not as bad as I think it isCos if they tell me it’s not as bad asI think it is then I just start spirallinginto all the reasons why, actually, it is very bad and if they try and fix the problem,

I don’t know that just, like, annoys meBut then whenever I’ve a friend thatneeds support, I always try and tell them it’s not as bad as they think it is and thenI try and fix the problem for them And I can’t help itFinishing Please Like Me was like… It was like a relief

I was, like, “We got away with it”Like they let us do it for a whileand we didn’t f**k it upand we’re out and it’s done and I was, like, relievedThat show I just got to say what I wanted to say andshow the world as I saw it, which was niceAnd it was kind of surprising

That when I showed the world as I saw itthat so many people responded to that and had, like, similar experiencesAnd I think that’s why that show was kind of rewarding for meCos it was so, like, specific and it was so me and it was, like, very gay and it was very mental health focussed because that was what was going on in my lifeAnd it plays in every country apart from the eccentric countries

Like it doesn’t play in North KoreaEvery other country it plays then I get messages from people in these countries who, like, identify with this life I was living in this house in Melbourne, which was, like, real that’s where I livedAnd that was kind of

That was niceIf I was going to give advice to 15-year-old me I think he kind of had it worked outHe, likeHe didn’t think things through that well and just went and did them

When I started stand up when I was 17and I just thought it would go well, cos I was an idiotI just thought, “I’ll go up there and just do it”And it went well, actuallyIt worked outThere’s no way — I quit stand up when I was 27

Because I started getting embarrassedSo I feel like he was embarrassing and he was terrible and he was kind of a disaster, but he had — he didn’t realise it and I think that was quite goodI’ll leave him be, I think

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