Laurence Clark: Health Hazard! (3 stars)

This article is from 2011

Laurence Clark: Health Hazard!

Uncovering the truths about US health care

Laurence Clark takes you beyond the realm of conventional stand-up comedy for this informative look at his life with cerebral palsy. Clark’s ability to put a light-hearted spin on subject matter ranging from social attitudes towards those with disabilities to the deeply flawed American health system, is a testament to his skills as a comedic writer. Health Hazard! fully justifies his two-year absence from the festival while travelling stateside on a mission to uncover the truths behind a privatised health system and the repercussions it would have for himself and others, were it to be introduced in Britain.

Using video footage as a visual aid as well as a point of reference, the audience is regularly shown clips of Clark’s American adventure, where he attempts to promote a socialised health-care system, negotiate with insurance companies and further understand the reasons behind America’s contempt towards a national health service.

With an appearance on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies to go alongside his US ‘business’ venture, Laurence Clark is no stranger to being in front of a camera lens. And he’s there yet again as this year’s Fringe performance is part of a BBC1 documentary to be broadcast in the autumn.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, until 28 Aug (not 16), 6.40pm, £9.50–£11 (£8.50–£10).

Laurence Clark: Health Hazard!

  • 3 stars

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