Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Brilliantly funny take on disability

Laurence Clark brought his acclaimed one-man show to the Belfast Comedy Festival on Saturday afternoon.

With Bec Hill gigging across town and a host of other events on the day, there wasn't a massive crowd in the Black Box's Green Room, but those who did attend were kept entertained throughout.

Clark – who has cerebral palsy – is a personable, clever and driven comedian, whose material is all the more engaging because it's drawn from the truth.

He eased in with a nicely judged bit of banter about accents, which addressed his speech, and went on to touch upon Twitter, Doctor Who and bungee-jumping.

It all fed into Clark's central theme, which was how he finds it patronising and demeaning to be regarded as 'inspiring' for being able to do everyday activities, like getting married, having kids or indeed performing stand-up.

With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, the Liverpool-based funnyman passionately and cleverly argued his point, yet it never felt like self-pity.

Many sketches featuring Clark being filmed provoking surprising reactions from the public as he exposed just what he's up against, but were so sublimely executed, you were laughing too much to be swept away in despair.

He subtly challenged the audience's preconceptions of disability, while crucially keeping it light.

Clark may not want to be branded 'inspiring', but hopefully he won't mind 'interesting', 'insightful' and 'incredibly funny'.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

Read the fine print on a contract. If you're not happy with the proposed terms of a deal, renegotiate. Don't be afraid to drive a hard bargain. You may not realise it, but you have a great deal of power. People are willing to pay good money for someone with your intelligence and experience. If you undersell yourself, you will set a dangerous precedent. Someone will ask you to do something that goes against your conscience. Obey your principles, even if it means making an enemy.More