Abnormally Funny People: The joy of criticism
I've been a blagger for a long time. I've not always been an honest blagger, either. Its so good for me to be involved in Disability Arts Online. I can say hello Mr Record Company, Mrs Promoter, Ms Manager, can I have a record, a press pass, a theatre ticket and have some work online to show them; a real reason for doing it. It's good to be on this kick and to be given contacts in the arts world who might want to help me.
Back in the day, even before my career as a blagger started, I'd do other writing work. I used to think everything needed a credit. If I documented a system when computing, or when I handed an essay in, it always came with an acknowledgement. This would always seek to say something funny about people. Why not? The very fact it was going on my college work would of itself be funny. How many people would do that? In some ways I am extremely straight. The clothes I wear, the food I eat, the treats I taste. I think I'm set to be a straight man, but even the straight man sometimes gets to tell the joke.
At this point, many thanks to Colin Hambrook for enduring my ways. Many thanks to Amy Belson at the Soho Theatre for giving me a pass to see Abnormally Funny People - "a group of funny comedians, who happen to have a disability, except for the ‘token’ non-disabled one. The comedy is about everything". (From the Soho Theatre's Website).
Thanks to Simon Minty and Steve Best for receiving me with so much trust and to all the comedians who gave the time, took the interview and most important of all, for the laughter.