Laurence Clark: Inspired
Stimulating comedy from comedian with cerebral palsy
This article is from 2012.
When a fan tweeted Clark saying his show was ‘inspiring’, the comedian with cerebral palsy found the comment so condescending he was inspired to write a new one about what is truly inspirational and what is bollocks. During the course of the show, Clark invites the audience to judge whether or not several of his personal accomplishments are inspiring, from having kids to bungee jumping. Interestingly, the audience reaction to Clark’s questioning tends to prove his theory that his medical condition flummoxes people. Elsewhere in the show which combines observational humour with filmed material, Clark presents several clips documenting his interaction with Londoners and tourists that further underline his thesis.
There’s no sense that Clark’s being malicious. Indeed, he seems just as bemused as he is bogged off by the way strangers treat him, and, accordingly, he imbues his show with a pleasing sense of mischievousness. And he throws in a smattering of self-depreciation, which ensures he doesn’t come across like an arse. One should also add that the show has an, ahem, inspired punch-line.
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