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We need to talk about Louis

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As fall from grace go, Louis CK’s has been one of the most spectacular. To anyone in the comedy community, the stories about Louis CK’s predilections for masturbating in front of fellow women comedians was well known. The accusations and admission from Louis,  has come at what feels like a turning point for women who have previously put up with varying degrees of harassment in male dominated entertainment industries. OTL has not personally been the victim of sexual harassment (probably as OTL is middle aged) however OTL has certainly been patronised, insulted and intimidated by both male and female acts in comedy but not sure that’s so different to anyone in any job.

What does make comedy unique is the “workplace”. How many workplaces are workers openly allowed to drink alcohol? Travel to work (comedy car share) is routine comedians bitching about their job, co-workers, employers and audience. The line between jokes and reality become very blurred. It’s not a very “normal” work environment.

OTL is also hardly surprised that the damaged people that do stand up and make people laugh also can have problems with treating others well and with respect.

OTL also would like women in comedy to be empowered enough to handle creeps on and off stage cause lets face all these revelations aren’t suddenly going to stop all the dysfunctional insecure creeps in the world. .

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/11/16/grappling-not-only-with-louis-c-k-but-sexism-and-power-in-comedy/?utm_term=.c4ef18ed4525

Stop being offended, its only a joke!

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“Audiences used to complain that I was highly offensive, so I started washing and using deodorant” Jeannie Jones

Ok, its not the greatest line ever but kinda makes the point that people get offended by all sorts of things and in this day and age it seems to be getting worse.

A member of OTL family used to say “Offence is taken not given”, how OTL laughed when he took offence at someone in France offering him money thinking he was a tramp, forcing him utter the lines “Je ne suis pas un vagrant”.

There are lots of things in life to get offended about, injustice, mass shootings, racism, misogyny, poverty but jokes? swearing? really?

We deal with the difficulties of the world using humour, it is a mainstay in maintaining our sanity.

So does OTL get offended by comedy /jokes? Yes, but not because of the topic because the comedian’s material is so badly constructed and unfunny. Tough topics are best left to the best pro comedians, advice to newer comedians avoid, avoid, avoid. Once you have mastered the art of comedy then knock yourself out, tackle the controversial topics.

http://notablelife.com/our-generation-needs-to-stop-being-offended-by-everything-and-learn-how-to-take-a-joke/

Arise, Sir Billy Connolly

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Billy Connolly was honoured with a knighthood this week. For Scots, Billy is universally adored. OTL grew up listening to Billy Connolly. OTL remembers parents secretly laughing (despite their official disapproval of his swearing).

When anyone asks OTL about comedy heroes, Billy is always top of the list. The thing OTL loves the most about Billy is his sense of fun. As much as dark comedy, political comedy and satire are important, Comedy should be fun and Billy does fun in abundance. The twinkle in his eye, his cheeky delivery and the enthusiasm he uses to bring his stories to life are without equal. OTL aspires to bring a fraction of the joy and happiness, Billy has brought to the world.

Below are some of Billy’s greatest words of wisdom.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comedy/comedians/billy-connolly-34-great-quotes/billy-connolly13/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-41814961

Nik Coppin Halloween Harvey

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Nik Coppin is our globetrotting headliner for Saturday night 4th November at Peebles Rugby Club. The start time has been delayed to 8:30pm to allow folks to attend the actual fireworks before then getting along in time for the comedy fireworks.

Hope to see you there!

Let her be funny

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As the parent of a pre teen daughter the OTL household obviously encourages humour (where else is OTL’s material gonna come from!) indeed one of OTL’s proudest moments was writing a comedy show for the preteen for which she won 3rd in the school talent show. Given OTL’s  lack of success in comedy competitions, it was a major victory.

Comedy is strongly linked to empowerment and intelligence, everyone should want their daughters to grow up being funny.

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OTL doesn’t remember much about school but does remember being in chemistry class and getting told off for not washing up the equipment properly. The teacher said “Don’t you do the dishes in your house?” Not wishing to tell the truth which was it was done by the dishwasher, OTL said “No sir, we just throw the fish and chip wrappers in the bin”. OTL doesn’t remember if that earned a detention but OTL does remember internally doing a high five at a witty, sarcastic response.

Below is a great article about comedy and parenting girls.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/want-to-raise-an-empowered-girl-then-let-her-be-funny/2017/10/16/f6435fc2-9c9b-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html?utm_term=.8fa463f3670c

Stu Who? Headlines next Carrickvale gig

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Our last Carrickvale gig was SOLD OUT! So get in quick for tickets for this show with the awesome Stu WHO? He is supported by rising star Gareth Waugh with your resident OTL host Jeannie Jones.

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Probably doesn’t need an introduction! It’s Raymond Mearns

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Delighted to have man of many talents, Raymond Mearns, headlining our Nov 17th OTL gig at West Linton golf club. With a list of credits and talents as long as OTL’s arm, get ready for a night of laughter therapy with the brilliant Mr Mearns and support acts along with your regular host Jeannie and a lovely light supper from Mark. Get your tickets booked up either directly with West Linton golf club or you can reserve them via Overthelyne@gmail.com

Check out the clip beyond of Raymond Mearns at The Stand comedy club.

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