Man, I love the Camden Head in Angel.
I’m writing some notes on general comedy theories, and mistakenly put Freud under ‘Incongruity Theory’. I laughed because:
a) I had made a mistake and felt superior to myself
b) it was incongruous with reality or
c) my mistake provided cathartic relief, such was the tension surrounding my note-taking.
Give up? It’s actually secret answer d) I didn’t laugh. It wasn’t funny. It was a waste of a perfectly good post-it.
This week I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop run by Tony Allen, Godfather of Alternative Comedy and author of ‘Attitude – Wanna Make Something Of It?’ which might be one of the greatest titles ever. During the course of the day, my comedy was described as: self-aware, self-depricating, honest, uptight, severe and meta. I’m not sure how to proceed.
Distinct lack of updates, due to laziness, a literature review and having a small but significant breakdown in my Supervisor’s office. No matter, there is News afoot. I have a venue for my show!
‘What show, Tory? I didn’t realise you had a show?’
‘No, well, you see, I haven’t written it yet, but I’m totally going to do that quite soon’
‘Wait, so you’ve managed to trick someone into giving you a space when you don’t even have a show yet?!’
‘Sssh! No, it’s not like that at all..’
‘Where is it, some pub? At least it won’t matter if it’s shit at least.’
‘Actually, no, it’s at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury’
‘Oh jesus. When?’
‘Tuesday 13th May, 2014’
‘Ok. So you’ve got a bit of time then. Well, you’d better start writing it, don’t you think? It really had better not be shit.’
Over the next month, apart from occasionally vomiting from nervousness, I’m going to be channelling my inner Hemmingway and writing my little buns off.
*reaches for booze*
Lovely, lovely, lovely. Appropriate and liberal use of spazface. An excellent example of Stand-up Comedy making genuine political progress by pushing a Feminist agenda (which is ok, by the way, it’s really not what you think it is). What’s fantastic about this show in terms of Feminism is that as long as it is successful in comedy terms (i.e., makes people laugh) then it is successful in terms of the F-word (i.e. it’s a woman making us laugh). Also contained within the show was a male audience member being encouraged in an emotional-blackmaily sort of way, to arrange a direct debit of £2 a month to Refuge. And who said comedy couldn’t change the world?! Nobody, probably. Book now, it’s selling out like Johnny Rotten. http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/bridget-christie-a-bic-for-her
Castigat Ridendo Mores
Tr. The purpose of laughter is moral improvement
‘The first point to which attention should be called is that the comic does not exist outside the pale of what is strictly HUMAN. A landscape may be beautiful, charming and sublime, or insignificant and ugly; it will never be laughable.’
Bergson, Henri. Laughter : an Essay on the Meaning of the Comic
Is he right? Is the falling waffle funny because we imagine it to be a person? Bergson would argue that as the waffle is man-made, we are laughing at ‘the shape that men have given it’, and therefore, its human elements. I’m not convinced, and if there is a counter example to his Human Theory, Waffle Falling Over is definitely it.