The Dolly Show teamed up with comedian Anna Morris to produce a fun parody video and it is a hit!
The film celebrates Dolly Parton’s philanthropy and the launch of the UK vaccination programme.
The video was launched on 8 December, the day the UK became the first country in the world to start administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
More than 12,000 Twitter users watched the video in the first two hours and to date (15 December) it has had over 30,000 views.
Pink News described the video as a ‘hilarious new twist’ on the story.
Twitter comments included:
“The best, funniest and definitely needed thing to come out of 2020”
“An antidote of sincerity to counteract Matt Hancock’s tears on Good Morning Britain.”
“When I tell my grandchildren about the pandemic, I will show them this first.”
“Didn’t know I needed this absolute bop in my life until now.”
Anna Morris is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer. She’s starred in Channel 4’s Lee and Dean, BBC ONE’s Outnumbered, The First Team and Count Arthur Strong.
Anna writes comedy sketches and songs including the recent New Tier Rules – a Dua Lipa parody. Viral hits include ‘Back to Work’ and ‘Smug Lockdown.’
When Morris heard that Dolly Parton had donated money to help develop the vaccine she started humming Parton’s greatest hit ‘Jolene’, but with a special twist.
“I started singing Vaccine instead of Jolene, grabbed a pen and paper and changed the lyrics within ten minutes,” said the comedy actor and writer.
“But I knew I wasn’t the one to star in this one. It had to be Dolly. Or the next best thing – the UK’s number 1 impersonator.”
So, Morris then got hold of The Dolly Show’s Kelly O’Brien through a mutual friend and sent her the song.
“Kelly loved it straight away and despite never meeting, we hit it off on the phone and came up with a plan!”
Subsequently, Kelly asked guitarist Gareth Lieske for a bespoke Jolene backing track, with musical arrangement from by John Purser, and filmed herself singing the song at home.
Morris then teamed up with her Channel 4 Lee and Dean co-star, writer and Editor Sam Underwood who put the video together.