Published: May 17, 2019

Comedian chats to unsuspecting strangers to shine light on loneliness

Comic Andy Parsons spends a day striking up conversations with strangers to support the Campaign to End Loneliness charity and get everyone talking.

People everywhere are being urged to unglue themselves from their mobile phones and simply talk to each other face to face to combat a growing loneliness problem.

Andy Parsons who appears on ‘Live at the Apollo’ has fronted secretly filmed footage for the charity, which captures his efforts to chat with strangers on a sofa in a shopping centre.

The film shows people’s surprised reactions when Mr Parsons coaxes them of their smartphones to have a chat.

Andy Parsons said: “I was apprehensive about just sitting down in the middle of a shopping centre and initiating conversations with total strangers. “I wasn’t sure whether many people would talk to me at all, let alone whether we would get any footage we could turn into a film.

“As it was, everybody, without exception, was pleasant and the four hours I spent there passed incredibly quickly."

Despite some early awkward moments, the video shows laughs can be had by talking to strangers.


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