Watch Lenny Henry parody Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ video

The comedian and actor declares "TV is dead" in the clip

Lenny Henry has parodied Childish Gambino‘s ‘This Is America’ video in a new sketch called ‘This Is The TV’.

US rapper Gambino – aka Donald Glover – released the single and accompanying political video earlier this year to critical acclaim. The release marked his first new material since his 2016 album ‘Awaken, My Love!

Henry is due to be honoured by the BBC with a special programme celebrating his 60th birthday (which falls on August 29) later this year.


In a video posted on BBC Four’s Facebook page, the star recreated the ‘This Is America’ video dressed like Glover and changing the lyrics to pertain to the decline of television. “This is the TV/Don’t catch you watching now/Kids don’t be watching now/They all watching YouTube now,” Henry says at one point.

This is the TV: The Lenny Henry Birthday Show

NEWS JUST IN: TV is dead. Childish Gambino / Lenny Henry(via BBC One)

Posted by BBC Four on Monday, August 20, 2018

Trevor McDonald, who is set to present the birthday special, also appears in the parody. The post sharing the video was captioned: “NEWS JUST IN: TV is dead.” Watch it above now.

Henry’s video isn’t the first take on ‘This Is America’. An animator recently recreated the video using 1980s computers and technology, spending a month to make 470 frames of pixellated animation. 

Meanwhile, Glover will bring his Childish Gambino project back to the UK in November for a one-off show at London’s The O2. Any remaining tickets for the show are available here.

Childish Gambino will play:


London, The O2 (November 4)

The gig follows Glover’s headline appearance at July’s Lovebox Festival. During his set, the star praised Londoners who had protested against Donald Trump’s UK visit. “I was very proud to see that big balloon [of Trump],” he said.

“That shit is unfair. But the scary part is you gotta fight for that shit. I know it’s scary as people with a bunch of technology and data to fight for shit, because you know what happens to people who fight for shit.”


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