Pupils grill comedian and satirist Ian Hislop about his career

PUBLISHED: 16:13 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:13 09 February 2016

Ian Hislop talks to students about his education and career at the Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford

Ian Hislop talks to students about his education and career at the Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford


Pupils at the Isaac Newton Academy received the entertaining visit of the satirist and comedian Ian Hislop.

A group of about 40 Year 10 students attended the event at the school, in Ilford, and listened to the editor of Private Eye and team captain on the BBC show Have I Got News For You talk about his education and career.

Students were curious to hear the tales of the man, who is sometimes described as “the most sued man in Britain”, with many in the audience aspiring to a career in the media or the arts.

Mr Hislop was grilled by the students about how he got into journalism, why he decided to do satirical journalism, his TV appearances and his future career plans.

“He was just as funny in real life as he is on TV,” said one student, who laughed at “all” of the guest’s jokes.

Another pupil said having been “worried he was going to satirise us, but actually he just seemed really nice and normal”.

Pupils also find it useful to get an insight into the journalism industry and how it has changed since Mr Hislop started his career in the 1980s.

English Teacher Robin Rudd, who chaired the event, said: “It was very nerve-wracking interviewing someone so famous, that I respect so much, in front of so many staff and students.

“I knew there would be no competing with a professional comedian for laughs, so I just kept it tried to make sure they got answers to help them make informed decisions about their own futures.”

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