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

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

Anand Rao: The fear of humiliation has limited my enjoyment of life more times than I care to mention

I have been an engineering consultant for over a decade, and the role of being ‘an expert’ (in any profession) often carries with it the unspoken expectation of having to always know what you are talking about and of never making a mistake. As they like to say in consulting ‘you are only as good [...]

November 29th, 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

Interview with Maggie Irving: Men dressing as violent clowns give clowning bad reputation 

We caught up with performance coach with a PhD from the University of Plymouth and clowning teacher, Dr. Maggie Irving. Maggie is teaching at the Devon LaughFest 2016. 1. What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud?   Ed Balls as Jim Carrey’s The Mask on Strictly Come Dancing.  2. What is [...]

October 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Press Release: Devon LaughFest 2016

Devon LaughFest 2016 aims to unleash the comedian within you Exeter, Devon - October 7 - Seasoned comedians, budding performers and anyone who wants to dip their toe into the world of comic creativity are invited to get together and "find their funny" at the inaugural Devon LaughFest 2016, which is taking place in Exeter [...]