Featuring award winners selected by an illustrious panel of comedy industry experts and fringe-goers, from almost 1000 entrants to Amused Moose Laughter Awards and Amused Moose Laugh Off 2012 direct from last month’s Edinburgh Fringe.
How come a Paralympic football team losing in the first round will still be thought inspirational, but when the regular England team does the same they’re a bunch of bastards? In his inimitable style that’s earned him numerous four and five star reviews, Laurence flips our idea of what’s inspirational on its head. Expect absurd logic, death-defying stunts and unusual varieties of crisps … just don’t expect to come away ‘inspired’!
Laurence appears on BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 and ITV1 and topped Shortlist's Britain's Ten Funniest New Comedians.
Star of BBC1’s We Won’t Drop The Baby.
"Intelligent and incredibly mischievous" ** Metro
"Makes Chris Morris look lightweight... Dangerously funny"_ ** The Scotsman
"Irreverent, pertinent – a humorous hour that leaves you looking at the world in a different light"_ Evening Standard
"Brilliant observational five star comedian"_ Edinburgh Guide
Inspired has been commissioned by the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, presenter, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. His observational, political stand-up and hidden camera footage demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes with humour and warmth. He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield. His 6 critically-acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have gained him 21 4-star and 3 5-star reviews.
With television appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Laurence was the subject of a major BBC1 documentary called “We Won’t Drop the Baby” shown in March 2012. He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian, for 5 years wrote a popular blog for BBC Ouch and regularly performs and writes sketches for comedy collective Abnormally Funny People, resident at London’s Soho Theatre.Stand-up Comedy
Laurence’s first show at Edinburgh Fringe, The All-Star Charity Show sent up old-fashioned telethons for disabled people by presenting appeals on behalf of the celebrities who fronted them in the same patronising, overly sentimental way. The show was named Critics’ Choice in The Times and Laurence was described as a “powerful comedy voice” and “stunningly hard-hitting” by critic Kate Copstick in The Scotman’s round-up of the best of the 2003 fringe.
“Any vaguely sentient being ought to leave this stupendously funny and thought-provoking show with their sides split and their minds buzzing. Laurence Clark has a wit drier than the Navajo desert, a control of timing that would put Seiko to shame and scores upon scores of fizzingly funny one-liners.” The Stage
“Natural wit” Daily Express
“An engaging clown” The Sunday Times
“…irreverent, pertinent and that rarest of things – a humorous hour that leaves you looking at the world in a different light.” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“Never have I seen a show where the audience have been so attentive. As a disabled comedian, Clark does have an added edge that makes you sit up and take notice. But that’s not to say he’s not funny. He is. Very.” Threeweeks
“Laurence Clark has attitude in spades. He’s a searing political satirist who ensures both his message and his jokes are on an equal footing – never lecturing and never being less than funny. He’s such an astute, piercing and funny commentator that disability becomes a side issue. His material is never earnest, nor whinging, nor hectoring – just damn funny comedy from the heart.” Steve Bennett, Chortle
“This is heavy hitting, clever stuff. Not very much stand-up these days has the power to shock, to force a sharp intake of breath and to change minds. This does. Not since Robert Newman have I seen a comic who made me think so much and realise I knew so little. Go. Think. Laugh.” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman