"Feminist Talking Points" Show Is Back On... The Show They Tried To Ban!

Some folk may have been paying attention to recent ructions...

I said I'd find a new venue for the "Feminist Talking Points" gig and round off booking a quality, talented and diverse range of voices to take part... and so I have. We don't want to let calls for censorship by alleged "comedians" carry the day do we folks?

It's a wonderful cast of acts and now we're doing it for charity! Please do come and join us; male or female, trans or gay, black or white, small or tall, fat or thin, whatever you are, you are welcome. As always. With the We Are Funny Project.


Comedy must be diverse to counter Trump's divisions

This is taken from my article on Chortle. You can read the article in full at Chortle and learn more about We Are Funny People on this website or on Facebook.

Back in September, the brilliant comic talent that is Brendon Burns wrote a Chortle piece decrying the lack of diversity in the comedy scene. It really caught something in me.

Back in 2015 I was interviewed by Simon Caine for his excellent Ask The Industry podcast and he asked me about my diversity policy when booking gigs on the open mic scene. At the time I staged more of them than anyone else in the country.

I responded along the lines that I had no policy at all, who was I to be the decider of such issues? Further, so far as I could tell, the bookings were fairly well reflective of the scene. For example, I think female acts represent around one in eight on that circuit and there’s typically a couple of females on each bill, so it was reasonable representation I thought, the balance was organic.

Of course, there are other ‘minority’ groups such as gay people, folks with black or brown skin, disabled… My attitude was that no one got booked ‘because of…’ and nobody denied a spot ‘because of….’ either. As I believe that I carry no notable prejudice, I assumed all was OK.

Brendon’s  article snapped me out of that apathy, driven by the point that the dominating voice of straight white males was killing the diversity of opinion, experience and attitude, that when delivered well by an honest and talented performer, often allows for the presentation of the most exciting and illuminating material.

Read the rest of the article at Chortle.