The opening moments of London Hughes’ first ever Netflix comedy special are iconic. In her dressing room, the camera pans out to reveal a man performing a sex act on her (hello, role reversal) and while the comedian’s mum was shocked by the scene, ultimately she absolutely loved it.
‘If my mum can laugh at my sucking d**k jokes then so can you,’ London quite fairly demands.
That, ladies and gentleman, pretty much sets the tone for the next hour of London’s brand new Netflix special.
To Catch A D**k features outrageous tales from London’s dating past, offering genuine laughs that are guaranteed to take your mind off of the tribulations of the world.
Relishing the film’s opening moments, London told Metro.co.uk: ‘I loved it. I talk about it in the show about how blow jobs are normalised but going down on a woman isn’t normalised.
‘For me I was like, what would sum up how I feel about sex and as a woman and comedy in three minutes so they know exactly what they’re getting before they watch To Catch A D**k and that was it.
‘My manager was like, “What we if had a guy going down on you?” Perfect! That was it. It’s my favourite opening to a comedy special ever and I’m so proud of it.’
She added: ‘My mum was shocked but she loved it. She was so shocked.’
Much like Netflix’s other new raunchy series, Bridgerton, the special probably isn’t something to watch with the kids or parents due to all the x-rated jokes.
Luckily, London’s own mum and dad approved of her hilarious tales.
‘I did run them past her because I didn’t want her to watch it. I said mum this is exactly verbatim and she was like, “That’s true, it’s fine”,’ the comedian revealed.
‘My mum’s the type of person she’s so particular and carries herself in a certain way and when she swears, she spells out the swear word. She’ll say, “You’re taking the p-i-s-s”. So I was worried about her reaction to To Catch A D**k but she rang me up after saying: “I’m sitting on faces, sitting on faces, sitting on faces, that was f****g awesome”.
‘Mum’s fine, she’s my biggest fan and just found it really funny.’
Perhaps unsurprisingly, London’s dad hasn’t watched the special but she insists he’s a ‘super feminist’ and approves.
The reaction to To Catch A D**k has been positive so far and London is overwhelmed mostly by the amount of women from around the world who’ve related to her story.
‘I didn’t realise how truly universal d**k is,’ she quipped.
If London’s Netflix special has been such a hit, why did it take so long? After all, she’s hardly a newbie on the scene, but she has her own theory.
‘In Britain, female comics are often an after-thought but if you’re a white female comic… name a non-white female comic that’s had a TV show since Little Miss Jocelyn. And that was when I was in secondary school,’ she explained.
Sharing her own near-misses of ‘making it’, London revealed: ‘I nearly had my own TV show eight times. I came up with a TV show format or wrote a sitcom and got it to a channel, whether it was BBC, Channel 4, Comedy Central, whoever and it never got over the line.
‘But you would see all these white male shows getting made all the time effortlessly. He gets a show, him and his dad gets a show, him and his brother gets a show, him and his mum gets a show. Black female comics were like “hello”, we were just silenced, there was nothing for us.’
London now looks at the younger version of herself and ‘feels sorry for her’ due to the sheer frustration of getting nowhere.
Highlighting the dire prospects many other Black female comedians face in the UK, London then stated: ‘I’d advise all Black female comics to get out. I’ve been so open about me coming to America because in my brain, I thought this would happen I just didn’t think it would happen so quickly and easily…
‘I moved to LA in a global pandemic and get two TV shows, a Netflix special and a movie in a global pandemic. It shouldn’t be that easy for me because if I was clearly talented all along, I should have had several TV shows in Britain.’
The comic continued: ‘At some point you’ve got to look at the broader picture… it’s about the powers that be who decide who gets to be the stars, who gets TV shows, who gets celebrated and it’s very rarely Black women.
‘I’m literally being so vocal about it because I don’t want this to happen again. I don’t want Black girls in south London to genuinely think the only way to be successful is to leave.’
London’s certainly not exaggerating her success story since crossing the pond.
Stuck in Los Angeles since last February due to the coronavirus pandemic, London has watched her work schedule pile up with To Catch A D**k, Nicholas Cage’s History of Swear Words, The Netflix Afterparty and the upcoming Will Packer movie Hot Mess.
One man cheering her on from the sidelines is comedy superstar Kevin Hart, whose production company has produced her Netflix special.
‘Kevin Hart is a diamond. What I like about Kevin is he just doesn’t care,’ London explained.
‘I don’t know how I got so lucky for Kevin to be like, you’re next, I’m gonna support you. He is the most hardworking, generous, genuine man. He really believes in me, I’m in awe.’
So London has experienced the dating scene in, well, London, but how is she rating the d***s in sunny LA?
‘I haven’t been able to sample them, ask me in a year. I’m sure they’re long and strong,’ she laughed.
‘2021 is about catching the d***s that I claim, I’m manifesting d**k in my future.
‘I’m claiming all the d***s.’
London Hughes’ special, To Catch A D**k, is available to watch on Netflix now.
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