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, diversity 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, there’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! ”
Sophie Scott explains the neuroscience of why we laugh, in this great TED TALK. Did you know you are 30 times more likely to laugh when you with others than alone?
The BBC has confirmed initial details of a new Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders Christmas special, marking their sketch show’s 30th anniversary.
Nik Coppin travels the world doing comedy, Australia, Norway, North America, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany & Spain are just a few of the places he’s been this year! This will be his first time in Peebles! Let’s make it a memorable one.
Gary in this picture on the far left after the OTL gig in January at West Linton bowling club, talks to BBC News about his comedy and his daughter Ainsley. Gary has also gigged for OTL at Peebles Rugby club. We hope to have him back in the near future!
For some laughter therapy, check out the top 100 comedy films in one of our earlier blogs or come to see some live comedy at an Over The Lyne gig.
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