Andrew Tuck, Zürich, Monica Magazine discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing


Towards 22 minutes past 1 million 300,000 Zürich 20 minutes approximately here in London and a new issue of Monica magazine hits newsstands and hopefully possibly doormats as well around the world today our editor in chief Andrew tuck. He's not the punchline to a joke. He's the boss, and he joins me in the studio right now, and Andrew, we gathered around this table exactly a week ago today and we talked a little bit. I think it was on the global list about the need for some levity in challenging times. But that's very much isn't it at the heart of the new February issue of Monaco magazine. So dives into the world of comedy. And comedy and cartooning and satire and why we need it and why it's good to have the right poke fun at your kind of leaders and your better supposedly in society. So it looks all of these people. But I think it also throws back a question to us in a way, which is oddly when we spoke to many comedians, we thought that maybe this notion of wokeness would be kind of curtailing what they felt they could say on stage. And actually, some people said, look, it's more just tastes of changing and no comedian wants to die on stage. So you use material that you think will just work and make people funny. But really that bothered about testing these boundaries that much. What was more interesting was it kind of threw it back on the readers and us as individuals, whether we've outsourced the right to be funny to professionals. And it's just us that's a bit more nervous about telling jokes and I don't know maybe that whole world has vanished a bit like going to big dinners and dinner parties and having a joke and all these things. We live in a slightly different age. So it's about our sense of humor and need to have a sense of humor. Well, that's really interesting. I know obviously we canvas quite a few in a very common serious people to tell us a joke is what demonstrate how they look on the lighter side of life. And actually, a lot of captains of industry types and people in very, very public facing figures were in some cases Andrew reluctant even to enter the discussion. I wonder that's perhaps because of a perception or a misperception that to be shown to be laughing in tough times. Insensitive or shows that might show that you didn't care about or people or you weren't serious about your work, but as an editor and also as someone who runs a big team of people, it's always important even in the darkest moments, isn't it? So retain it helps you retain a sense of perspective. Well, the funny thing is here in the UK and I don't think we see it much at the moment, but there used to be a kind of a tradition of humor being seen as a skill set in a way. So some of the best, for example, MPs questions questions rather, you would hear MPs towering with a prime minister. And there would be a lot of humor in the chamber and somehow people landed their points better slightly making a laugh run around the room. And I think that's the same whether you are in business, whether you're in politics, even now, somebody who can change the mood in a room by having a bit of levity by being funny, it's a good thing. So we want our diplomats and business leaders all earnest fools, but to be people with more depth to them, in a way. There's a playful twinkling energy talk. So I listen as I can tell you. And you're just very briefly the mag is out now. People must go and get a copy. It's about the power of humor with comedy. But there's the usual heft in there as well. It's not all it's not all glib and amazing what you've heard of obviously across multiple 24 this week is we have page and Chris chamak down in Kyiv. And actually the big lead piece, the big long read is by a Ukrainian writer Artem check, talking about his view on society, but also he's been a conscript. He went out to the front and Don bass a few years ago. He's a reserve is still and him talking about how you navigate every single day in Kyiv, trying to go to work, do your job when you know that there's this threat of war all the time. And there's just this tiny detail and then he says that him all his friends they all have a bag packed just in case something does happen and they have to flee with their families and head westwards towards the rest of Europe. Amazing stuff, light and shade. That's what we like, isn't it Andrew? That is Andrew tuck. That's the new issue of Monaco out right now. Get yourself a copy. Right now though, get ready for Fernando. He.

Coming up next