Dominic John Romulus Joly (; born 15 November 1967) is an English television comedian and journalist, best known as the star of Trigger Happy TV, a hidden camera show that was sold to over seventy countries worldwide.
For comedian Dom Joly, travel is in the blood. Born in Beirut he had what in his recent book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club, he describes as a curiously paradoxical childhood between a posh Oxford boarding school and a warzone. He dreamt of being a foreign correspondent, for his first travel book investigated ‘dark tourism’ and the world’s most unlikely holiday destinations and travelled the globe in search of mythical monsters such as Bigfoot and the Yeti, notching up almost 100 countries in the process. Not one to do things in any conventional manner, for this episode Lisa gets a tour around Oxford in Dom Joly’s car. On this episode we cover: Travelling through Oxford Emulating James Corden Dom not looking like a Goth Being a Goth in a hot country, melting by the beach Wanting to make a documentary about Goths Getting beaten up in Beirut because of wearing make up The Civil War starting in Beirut Being at the same school as Osama Bin Laden Moving to the Dragon School in Oxford Beirut being exciting and amazing and a warzone His new book The Hezbollah Hiking Club being a love-letter to Lebanon Periods where his family had to leave by boat Being bombed at home and having to hide in the garden Being half an hour from the beach and the ski zone Never enjoying living anywhere else more Loving the perceived danger of Lebanon (when he really just had a lovely holiday) No-one writing anything good about Lebanon The vastly different topographic landscape of Lebanon People think Lebanon is desert but a lot looks like Switzerland His family partly coming from Lausanne, Huguenots that ended up in London The family moving to Turkey then Beirut How Dom should do Who Do You Think You Are? Finding a bullet hole ridden bus in the middle of beautiful countryside Lebanon having a litter problem leaving bloody buses around the joint Driving into the heart of Oxford City near the Sheldonian Lisa doing travel news in Oxford The contrast of living in Oxford and then going home to a warzone Being at school with most of the Tory Cabinet, Radiohead and Tim Henman Getting caned for showing off his collection of shrapnel Writing a great ‘what I did in the holidays’ Syria being his favourite country on earth Going to Syria to get away from the war – Damascus and Palmyra (with correct pronunciation) One million Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon Syrian refugee camps now all over Lebanon Travelling to the Jordanian border as an Ambassador for Save the Children Growing up with Palestinian refugee camps around His book The Dark Tourist Netflix stealing his idea of him! Failing his interview for Oxford University SOAS School of African Oriental Studies being great for diplomats and potential spies Finding London wasn’t a university experience Japanese announcements on the train from Bicester Village Is Bicester Village as bad as the Tuol Seng Priosn...? Being obsessed with Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge and other dark tourist destinations Finding Cambodia’s similarities to Lebanon fascinating The whole generation that just disappeared Falling into being a good travel writer by reading The Bridge Stumbling across the war crimes trial Swapping shorts with the trousers of the Cambodian guard Having an incredible Adolf Eichmann moment, his eyes meeting the banality of evil across the room Lisa feeling scared in the Cambodian jungle at Sihanoukville The weird journey of visiting the Killing Fields People who lie on a beach in Cuba and don’t do the culture Dom watching the Kardashians Suicidal pilots flying into mountains Visiting Chernobyl before it was trendy Worrying about nuclear war and acid runs growing up When the Wind Blows, the Snowman and Fungus the Bogeyman Reading so much about Chernobyl that he almost knew his way around How Call of Duty is a great tour guide for a visit to Chernobyl The kid that’s just won a million pounds playing Fornite Driving past a massive mosque in Oxford Hating tour guides His mum saying ‘we’re not tourist, we’re travellers’ Being massively uniformed in his travel books Lisa liking the Lonely Planet Living in Prague in the 90s Instagram and Trip Advisor influencing travel Dom inter-railing after he just left school Scary Monsters and Super Beasts – in homage to David Bowie The ‘amazing’ Coop and Betfreds on the outside of Oxford Reading Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World age 8 Being fascinating by stories of Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster Wanting to go to all the places Tin Tin went to Tin Tin writer, Hergé, never leaving Belgium Tin Tin in the Congo being racist Belgians being ‘cool French” The monster that blocks the rivers in the north of the Congo Colonies being angry they didn’t get Tin Tinned Tin Tin killed 400 animals in that book The Belgians being a repulsively awful colonial power Enid Blyton being a right old racist too Becoming a Monster Hunter Arriving at Vancouver to track down Canada’s Nessie Whether he believes in Big Foot 200 miles of Lost Coast in California The Yeti being the most believable one due to the Sherpas The Hoopa Indians talking about a lost tribe of hairy people Living in a ‘Brexity area’ Lisa writing guide books for Thomas Cook about the Cotswolds Cream teas being a good indicator of being in a Brexit area Going to Raymond Blanc’s first restaurant in Summertown, Oxford Having travelled to 93 countries Wanting to visit Algeria, Libya and Yemen Being more a travel writer and always fascinated by travel writers Wanting to be a foreign correspondent Being a big fan of John Simpson, Robert Fisk, Jim Muir Hostage journalist John McCarthy staying with the family the night before he got kidnapped His family being part of the Levant Trading Company for three generations His family being moved to a crusader castle on the Syrian-Turkish border His great-granddad writing a debriefing note for the authorities His Canadian wife travelling around the world Driving from the Cotswolds to Istanbul and back with his wife and kids The joy and useless skills of memorising capital cities Dom’s experience on The Island with Bear Grylls (off Panama) being the hardest thing he’s ever done Losing almost 3 stone in 14 days Getting eaten alive by sand flies (buried into his leg!) Is Bear Grylls a Ronnie Barker or a Ronnie Corbett What’s real and what’s for TV Bear Grylls getting his kit off and doing ‘the Bear Prayer’ Sarajevo being his top travel recommendation Sarajevo and the (initially) botched assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Going to Vienna to see Franz Ferdinand’s car and the astounding number plate coincidence The story behind the Hezbollah Hiking Club on the Lebanon mountain trail 27 day walking trail from Syria to Israel Returning to Lebanon and facing some demons Growing old disgracefully Walking to his gig at the Cheltenham Literature festival Lisa expecting Dom to be dressed as a squirrel Listeners questions! Whether his Trigger Happy TV big mobile gets him in trouble on trips Loving guns but not going to shoot up a McDonalds Driving through Utah and hitting on a gun range Bourton on the Water being a cxxt magnet (!) as well as the Venice of the Cotswolds People shouting his catchphrases at him in North Korea Cycling into the library in Brighton The big snail sketch in Trigger Happy TV being one of his favourite Nearly getting beaten up by a Nun in a Londis in Notting Hill Lisa and Dom’s coincidental Candid Camera box set Racist hidden camera shows in South Africa Benny Hill having Arabic and French subtitles in Lebanon Music being Dom’s big love John Simpson’s perfect answer to the music questions His first TV travel show (for Sky) Wish You Were Here on an 8 track in the middle of the Syrian desert Driving into caves outside Palmyra, camping under the full moon and the stars
Episode 22Welcome to episode 21 of Off The Beat & Track Podcast with me Stu Whiffen.This episodes special guest is Mr Dom JolyI met with Dom in the lovely Hoxton Square Bar in Shoreditch and Dom came armed with a bag of tunes containing 7 fantastic records each which have sound tracked his life to date and we go in on that journey discussing growing up in the various places around the world and how that shaped his creative path. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, chatting about music, Trigger Happy, bands, clubbing and so much moreHope you enjoy this chat and if you do please subscribe and follow the podcast on the social media links belowYou can hear Dom's song selection in full herehttps://open.spotify.com/user/pushfwd/playlist/2bZElpw4xVXTB7ma3haz7N?si=iGEOgbIwSa-NsRYMFsCOTAFollow Domhttps://twitter.com/domjolyOff The Beat & Trackwww.offthebeatandtrackpodcast.comhttps://twitter.com/beatandtrackpodhttps://www.facebook.com/offthebeatandtrackpodcast/https://www.instagram.com/offthebeatandtrack/?hl=en For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
HELLO....I'M JUST DOING A PODCAST WITH DOM JOLY...NO IT'S RUBBISH...OK, CIAO!This week's guest on Life In The Stocks is comedian, broadcaster & journalist Dom Joly - star of Trigger Happy TV & World Shut Your Mouth - and it's a refreshingly brilliant conversation with a hyper intelligent and highly entertaining human being. This is the full story, from growing up in Lebanon to Trigger Happy TV, to travelling, writing, politics, comedy and everything in between.Follow Matt Stocks on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram: @mattstocksdjCheck out the Life In The Stocks Patreon page here: www.patreon.com/lifeinthestocks For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dom Joly, UK author, journalist and creator of comedy series ‘Trigger Happy TV’ bares all on his life and career. He talks about his troubles with anxiety, how he’s “so egotistical it’s insane” and his latest spontaneous purchase: a hot-air balloon.