Why Stand-up is More Theatrical Than Theatre | Oliver Double | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

Is stand-up comedy a form of theatre or a different art altogether? Is it possible that it’s even more theatrical than theatre itself?

Oliver Double, a Reader in Drama and Head of Comedy at the University of Kent and stand-up comedian showcases what his research and experience say about the blurred lines between Stand-up Comedy and Theatre.

Filmed around Kent. Oliver Double teaches and researches comic and popular performances. He worked as a stand-up comedian on the national comedy circuit and set up the Last Laugh, Sheffield’s longest running comedy club. He continues to perform occasionally. He has written a number of books, chapters and articles on stand-up comedy, variety theatre and popular performance, and helped to establish the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive, based at Kent’s Templeman Library. His latest book Alternative Comedy: 1979 and the Reinvention of British Stand-Up was published 2020. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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