Rosie Jones has opened up about her joy at the response to her appearance on Question Time and being able to make people ‘laugh and learn’.
The comedian, 30, who won the comedy award at the Attitude Awards on Tuesday night, revealed she was blown away by the reaction after saying she was ‘bl**dy proud’ to be disabled on Question Time.
She explained: ‘I just said the realities of what it’s like to be a disabled person in Britain right now, but I was blown away by the response.
‘I think it was good that disabled people finally were listened to because especially this year, during Covid, no-one’s been talking about the disabled or vulnerable people.’
Rosie, who has cerebral palsy, added: ‘People say: “Oh, Covid only affects people with pre-existing health conditions”, like that’s alright.’
While she’s become a star of the comedy circuit, Rosie says she doesn’t want to ‘speak for disabled people’.
She said: ‘I’m just one person with one experience, so really on Question Time and in my comedy day job I just say: “Hello, I’m Rosie, I’m disabled, this is my view of the world”.
‘If you agree with that, if you can take similarities with that, great, but I never assume that I’m grand enough to speak for a fifth of the country.
Rosie described her win at the Attitude Awards as a ‘dream come true’, adding: ‘I can’t believe it, I mean there’s a lot more funny comedians than me, but I’m taking it.’