Stand-up Philosophy #13: ‘Humour’

For the lucky thirteenth-ever Stand-up Philosophy, we talked about humour. Why do we laugh? Are some jokes just not funny? Is there really a link between philosophy and comedy or is this whole stand-up philosophy thing just a frivolous waste of time…?

Featuring

STUART BLACK!
“Comedy should embrace such a smart and insightful a comic thinker as Stuart Black.” – Chortle

SARAH CAMPBELL!
Stand-up and BBC Comedy writer

PETE STRONG!
Comedian, poet, wit

ALAN ROBERTS!
Philosopher of humour

And compere CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!
Host, thinker, fool

Stand-up Philosophy #12: ‘Science’

SCIENCE. Is it good? Is it bad? Does it help get you to a stand-up philosophy show?

On 3rd June, Stand-up Philosophy was all about Science. A full-to-capacity room saw us try to figure out if we can ever figure out how it all works and whether, having figured it out, it will really have been worth it… (It was).

The show featured:

JOANNE LAU
Stand-up Comic and research scientist

RENÉE HLOŽEK!
Princeton Cosmologist, TED fellow and one-woman-wonder

SNORRI KRISTIANSSON
Author, expert on Viking Science and defier of the laws of physics

HUW REES
Philosopher and biochemical entity, asking whether there could ever be such thing as ‘bad’ knowledge

And, CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY
As a constant one-man control group and host

Stand-up Philosophy #11: ‘Death (and Kittens)’

WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE. But before we do, let’s all get together in a pub and have some fun thinking about it. On 6th May, four more brilliant minds are going to be talking about what death is, what it means, and whether it’s really worth bothering with. And, because we’ll probably need to lighten the mood in between the acts, Charlie will be bringing pictures of kittens.

Featuring:

HENRY GINSBERG!
Stand-up comedian and harbinger of doom

BRODERICK CHOW!
Philosopher, Comic, Being-Towards-Nothingness

PAUL DUNCAN MCGARRITY!
Comedian and explorer of long-dead worlds

ALICE OSBORNE!
Founder of the Legacy Centre

Hosted (with Pictures of Kittens) by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Free entry – Come along even if you’re just morbidly curious!

Stand-up Philosophy #10: ‘Sex’

It’s the FIRST ANNIVERSARY of Stand-up Philosophy, and what do people do to celebrate their first anniversary?

That’s right – argue!

And what do they argue about? Sex.

Apparently.

So, by popular demand, the theme for April’s SUP is ‘Sex’ (and Gender), and it will feature:

ANDREW WATTS!
Stand-up, writer and uber-hottie

CATHY LEECH!
Writer, feminist, genius, sexbomb

HANNAH WARMAN!
Comedy nymphette

GABRIEL MARTIN!
Philosopher and sensual lover

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Free entry (No euphemism intended) – Come along!

Stand-up Philosophy #9: ‘Freedom’

Are you free on the 4th March? How free, exactly? And what does freedom even mean? If you want to find out, use your almost-boundless liberty (or if you’re a pensioner, use your Freedom Pass) to come to Stand-up Philosophy, where this month’s theme is ‘Freedom’…

Featuring:

KATE SMUTHWAITE!
Comedian, activist and recently off of TV’s ‘Question Time’

ED O’MEARA!
Stand-up comedian and writer

ALI SHAHRUKHI!
Philosopher and Stand-up

ALASTAIR GRAY!
Thinker and founder of Brighton’s ‘No Holds Barred’ discussion show

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Do you have to pay to get in? No – it’s FREE!*

Come along!

* with a collection for voluntary contributions obviously, we’re not a charity y’know

Stand-up Philosophy #8: ‘Evil’

STAND-UP PHILOSOPHY IS BACK!

What is Evil? It’s definitely evil when they run out of crisps at the bar, right? Or is evil more serious than that? How much more serious? Anyway, we definitely don’t want to be it. (Or do we?)

On 4th February, Stand-up Philosophy returns, hopefully with some answers…

Featuring:

Top stand-up
GRAINNE MAGUIRE!

The triumphant return of comedian and philosopher
DOUGIE WALKER!

Psychologist
DAN SOUTHALL!

And Stand-Up Philosophy’s very own
CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

As always, it’s free (with voluntary contributions accepted, both monetary and philosophical). Come along even if you’re just curious!

Stand-up Philosophy #7: ‘Identity’

Who am I? Who are you? And why are you wearing my clothes? And how do we know what clothes actually are? Basically, what is it that gives any person or thing the identity that it has?

On 5th November the theoretical fireworks will be going off at the Jeremy Bentham, lit by:

AHIR SHAH!
Top Stand-up Comic

ROB DEB!
Ace Comedian and Comic Book Expert-Legend

DAFYDD HUW REES!
Philosopher

ADAM ROBERTS!
Writer and Actor

Come along! Whoever you are…

Stand-up Philosophy #6: ‘Truth and Fiction’

On 1st October, Stand-up Philosophy is back! Or is it? I could be making that up. I’m not, but I could be. After all, what is truth? What is fiction? And what is the point of either? Let’s find out…

Featuring:

Top stand-up, campaigner and all round star
KATE SMURTHWAITE!

Comedian and Daily Mash writer
NICK PETTIGREW!

Prizewinning sci-fi writer
NAN CRAIG!

Philosopher and writer
EMILY HARDING!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY

Come along! The truth is out there. Possibly.

Stand-up Philosophy #5: ‘Love’

I love you! I also love Pringles. And we all love Philosophy! Are these loves all the same thing? And if they are, what actually *are* they? On 3rd September we’re going to find out…

Featuring:

Top Stand-up
HENRY GINSBERG!

Stand-Up Philosophy’s very own
CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

The triumphant return of stand-up comedian
LINDSAY SHARMAN!

Philosopher and writer
GABRIEL MARTIN!

With Guest Host DOUGIE WALKER!

Come along! You’ll love it.