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John Berger: On Laughter

Laughter is not a reaction but a contribution. What can happen in twenty-four hours may outlast a century. .... Of the seven court jesters whom Velázquez painted close-up portraits of, three were dwarfs, one was boss-eyed, and two were rigged out in absurd costumes. Only one looked relatively normal – Pablo from Valladolid. Their job [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

John Berger: The clown knows life is cruel

​The clown knows that life is cruel. The ancient jester's motley coloured costume turned his usually melancholy expression into a joke. The clown is used to loss. Loss is his prologue. The energy of Chaplin's antics is repetitive and incremental. Each time he falls, he gets back on his feet as a new man. A [...]

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Diary of a Funeral Celebrant: A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Bathroom

Waking in my usual haze this morning I hit my elbow as I blundered into the bathroom doorway. “It’s a funny thing…”, I thought; the ‘funny bone’ is named after the word ‘humerus’ or ‘umerus’ in Middle English, which means ‘upper arm’ or ‘shoulder’. It has nothing to do with humour at all - which [...]

December 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Interview with Dan Lees: Do something you believe in and enjoy, then when you die take some time off and go shopping

We caught up with comedian, clown, musician, award winning songwriter and co-founder of the London Clown Festival, Dan Lees. 1.What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud?  I've been laughing all day rehearsing with the Honky Bonk Comrades. I'm very fortunate to work with some very funny people. 2. What is your [...]

October 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments