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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

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!

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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Like Father Like Son

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Scott Gibson, our headline act from the Whipman marquee comedy gig is BACK! With the follow up show to his Edinburgh Fringe Best New Comer 2016 show “Life After Death”.

Get along to see Scott Gibson at West Linton Bowling Club on the 3rd of December before he heads off touring around the world. Scott genuinely makes OTL’s face ache with laughter! Hope to see a great crowd for this one!

To get your tickets online check on the link below or soon will be available from West Linton Pharmacy (Shop locally)

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/over-the-lyne-comedy-15379167834

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Do comedians die young?

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With the very sad news today that Sean Hughes has died at the age of 51 coming on the heels of US comedian Ralphie May’s death at the age of 45 only last week, OTL wonders if comedian’s die young?

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Research as far as it can go with a small sample seems to confirm that comedians compared to comic actors do statistically die younger. Certainly, it can be an unhealthy lifestyle. Life on the road can mean irregular meals, little exercise and too much alcohol. There’s also perhaps a predisposing personality towards mental health problems and addiction. With the highs come the lows.

Although OTL firmly believes laughter is the best medicine, for those merchants of the laughter, the comedians themselves,  it may not be so healthy. OTL will keep away from the take aways and try and get its 10,000 steps per day!

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/13/no-laughing-matter-as-researchers-show-that-stand-ups-die-young

http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/38158/sean_hughes_dies_at_51

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/obituaries/ralphie-may-brash-comedian-is-dead-at-45.html

Free stand up shows from Edinburgh Fringe on Audible

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Audible have made 12 stand up shows from this years Edinburgh Fringe available free!

That’s OTL’s weekend sorted.