Diversity still an issue in comedy?

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Whenever Jeannie meets a new comedian she asks “Sorry, have we met before? it’s just all you young white good looking male comedians look the same to me”. Of course it’s a tongue in cheek comment but there are a lot of hipsters with the same hair and tidy little beards.

Yes, there are more white, middle class, men succeeding in comedy but I guess that’s because statistically there are more white, middle class, men actually doing comedy. Thankfully, ┬ádiversity in stand up is getting better, as frankly it’s more interesting for an audience to watch comedians from different backgrounds than a whole set list of twenty something, white, straight men talking about Tinder and being single. However, ┬áthere’s work to be done and it’s up to comedy clubs like OTL to make sure we encourage a diverse line up.

Certainly one thing you’ll never hear at an Over The Lyne gig “and the next act is a woman! ”

http://www.chortle.co.uk/correspondents/2017/09/14/37897/12_ways_diversity_is_still_an_issue_in_comedy

2 thoughts on “Diversity still an issue in comedy?

    Nik Coppin said:
    September 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Instead at OTL what you’ll hear is, “And the compere is a woman! Wait, that’s me! Well, I think I’m a woman. Let me have a look….”

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