Laurence Clark: An Irresponsible Father's Guide to Parenting (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Laurence Clark: An Irresponsible Father's Guide to Parenting

Steve Ullathorne

Cheeky banter and weighty issues jockey for space

Laurence Clark has a made a comedy career out of using the form to prove that he's just like anyone else, while also giving insight into his unique perspective on life. Having cerebral palsy has previously allowed him to talk about the American healthcare system, how disabled people are perceived by the media and public, and surviving an appearance on Jim'll Fix It. This year the genial and cheeky comic takes issue with how strangers judge his parenting skills.

Clark and his wife, who also has cerebral palsy, were the subjects of a BBC documentary about having children while disabled. The focus of this hour is the misguided and downright awful things that people wrote on the bottom half of the internet in response.

Reacting to these meddling reprobates' accusations with far more equanimity than they deserve, Clark drafts in his two sons, via pre-recorded footage, to give their side of the story. The kids are delightful and do their parents proud. The laughs come regularly in a continual flow of chuckles and guffaws, if not always hysterics, in a tightly-scripted Fringe affair that balances light-hearted banter with real issues and even Disney princesses.

Assembly George Square Theatre, until 26 Aug (not 14), 5.40pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

Laurence Clark: An Irresponsible Father's Guide to Parenting

  • 3 stars

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