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Disability has long been a subject matter for comedy – just think back to the history of ‘the fool’, and the laughing at inmates in Bedlam – but, says Jo Verrent - disabled artists are helping all of us explore just what’s funny and what isn’t.
Comedians such as Laurence Clark, Liz Carr, Steve Day, Tanyalee Davis and others are carving a path very different to the once traced by ‘old style’ comedians such as Jim Davidson and Bernard Manning.
The main thrust of the formers humour stems from the ways in which disabled people experience the world, rather than the latter who occupied themselves making jokes ‘about’ impairment and disabled people per se.
My all time favourite Laurence Clark moments have included his rant about why the refreshments trolley on the train is treated better than he is; and in his show Spastic Fantastic, the fabulous video footage of Laurence with a collecting tin ‘begging’ on the streets.
No matter what the collection is for – to kill puppies or to pay off his mortgage - some people still donate, finding the sight of a disabled person with a collecting tin somehow compulsive.