German Sense of Humour: What Makes Germans Laugh

The Germans take their sense of humour very seriously. It is not a joking matter. Harsh, astringent and satirical is their style. The cabarets of pre-war Berlin are famous. Their bit was ferocious: the nearest modern equivalent is the British Spitting Image, but this is playful by comparison. Classic German satire put the boot in [...]

December 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Michael McIntyre, Yes Man

​I'M ON THE PHONE TRYING to arrange a meeting with Michael McIntyre, the highest-grossing comedian in the world, but I can't: he's making me laugh too much. The experience, however, is at least answering a question I've always asked myself: are professional comedians funny they're not on stage? In this case, the answer is: oh [...]

December 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Interview with Comedian Angie Belcher

We caught up with actor, performance poet, writer, teacher and stand-up comedian, Angie Belcher. 1. What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud?   In a charity shop yesterday I overheard a little girl tell her mum she should get a size 18 dress cos she’ll “grow into it” I’m also still [...]

December 10th, 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

​Michael Foley: How to remain flexible, open and generous?

Bergson argued that the comic sense has developed precisely to meet this need, that the social function of comedy is to correct petrifaction by making it laughable. The petrified person, unaware of automatism and eccentricity, becomes a figure of fun: Laughter must be something like this, a kind of social gesture. By the fear it [...]

November 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Steve Martin: Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

The path that led me to Jordan and the insight he represents began with a 2007 episode of the Charlie Rose show. Rose was interviewing the actor and comedian Steve Martin about his memoir Born Standing Up. They talked about the realities of Martin’s rise. “I read autobiographies in general,” Martin said. “[And I often [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Logan Murray – The Tyranny of Work: How to motivate the comic mind

Part 1 Every comedy writer goes through a stage (usually several times a week), when they stare blankly out of the window and wonder if they will ever have another creative idea ever again. A black fug descends and every idea seems laboured or banal. An over-riding desire to sort out your sock draw arises. [...]

November 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Through the Body: Pass the Laugh 

Here is an easy and practical game to 'pass the laugh': "​Four or five is an optimum number for this game. You can play it sitting or standing in a line. Someone enters with the laugh merely a glint in their eye. As they make eye contact with the next person they 'pass the laugh' [...]

October 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Interview with Stewart Gamble: Positive or Negative Criticism Always Spurs Me On 

We caught up with Somerset based comedian and songwriter, Stewart Gamble. Stewart will be appearing at the Devon LaughFest 2016.  1. What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud?  Banter and silliness, with my 15yr. old son at the breakfast table. Yesterday morning we found ourselves in hysterics, saying in a Scots [...]

October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Richard Osman: A Pointless History of the World: Invention of Jokes

"​The most important development in human history - more than writing, more than fire, more than Monster Munch - is the invention of jokes. Before we had jokes, most conversations went like this 'Knock knock.' 'Who's there?' 'Ugg' 'How did you manage to knock, Ugg? I live in a cave, and the entrances to caves [...]

October 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments