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Stand-up Philosophy #30: ‘Families’

It’s January! Traditionally the month with the highest rate of divorce and family breakdown in the entire year. So what better time to do a Stand-up Philosophy show on Families?

What exactly is a ‘family’? Why are families important? Are the families we choose more or less important than the ones we don’t? And why were some of them so much more difficult to buy Christmas presents for than others?

Answering this and other questions will be…

Top stand-up, writer and father
ANDREW WATTS!

Stand-up and author
ROSIE WILBY!

Top comic
PAUL RICKETTS!

Comedian and Neanderthals expert
ELLA AL-SHAMAHI!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

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Stand-up Philosophy #29: ‘Lies’

This sentence is a lie. Or is it? If it is, then it isn’t. But if it isn’t, then it is. Annoying, eh? (This one apparently drove Bertrand Russell nuts). But what is definitely NOT a lie is that STAND-UP PHILOSOPHY is back on the 1st December, and the theme is ‘Lies’!

Why do people lie? Can lying ever be a good thing? And why do we sometimes prefer to believe lies than the truth?

Answering this and other questions will be…

Top stand-up
SEAN MCLOUGHLIN!

Award-winning novelist
MARLI ROODE!

Comedian and writer
LINDSAY SHARMAN!

Stand-up comic
ALEX MASON!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #28: ‘History’

It’s said that those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Well, obviously we haven’t studied Stand-up Philosophy enough yet, because it’s back again on the 3rd November…and the theme is ‘History’!

How does history affect us? Can we escape our personal histories? And why are my memories of last weekend such a blur?

Answering this and other questions will be…

Top stand-up comedian
AHIR SHAH!

Philosophical genius
DR. BRODERICK CHOW!

Comedy writer and history buff,
ED O’MEARA!

And stand-up and SUP favourite,
CARMEN ALI!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #27: ‘Work’

Work. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it…But at least we can philosophise about it!

Is work really necessary? What will we do when robots take all our jobs? And why is it that previously okay people suddenly become arseholes when they become your boss?

Making the idea of work fun will be…

Top stand-up comedian
HENRY GINSBERG!

Comedian and workaholic
DARSHAN SANGHRAJKA!

Author
NAN CRAIG!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #26: ‘Status’

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF STAND-UP PHILOSOPHY to the Jeremy Bentham will be all about ‘Status’. Because Philosophy is cool. Or maybe it isn’t. But it’s respected. Or maybe it isn’t. But people come to see it anyway. Or at least, if they don’t, you should…

What gives people a high or low status? Does it matter? And why do we think we can get it by having those specific shoes?

Answering these questions and more will be

Top stand-up and legend of cool
TOM GOODLIFFE!

Comedian and entrepreneurial hero
DARSHAN SANGHRAJKA!

And philosopher
MIRUNA DIANA OLARU!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #25: ‘Progress’

Obviously the idea that mankind is making progress is ludicrous to anyone who has ever been on twitter.

What would progress even look like if we could achieve it? Should we try? And why do Pizza Hut keep making new kinds of stuffed crust when it really isn’t necessary?

All these questions will be discussed!

AND – as a pre-Edinburgh show we are lucky to have a FULL-LENGTH EDINBURGH PREVIEW from one of comedy’s most progressive and innovative comedians,

HOLLY BURN!
Star of TV’s Bad Bridesmaid
“Burn has a fearless streak onstage which means that anything goes” – Bruce Dessau

Plus,

SIMON PLOTKIN!
Stand-up’s answer to progressive rock

ALEX MASON!
pushing back the boundaries of Stand-up Philosophy

All held together by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #24: ‘Fear’

The truths of Philosophy, as everyone knows, are really really scary. But not as scary as being chased by a bear whose lunch you’ve just stolen. Or are they?

What is fear? Why do we have irrational phobias? And why do we like scary films?

Trying to answer these kinds of questions will be:

Top stand-up and ‘secret comedians’ host, the terrifyingly lovely
ELF LYONS!

Frighteningly funny comedian
JOSHUA ROSS!

The awe-inspiring stand-up of
BOYCE BAILEY!

And the intimidating intelligence of
ALASTAIR GRAY!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY who really doesn’t like scary films at all

Stand-up Philosophy #23: ‘Decisions’

That’s right, May will be TWO YEARS since the first ever Stand-up Philosophy show – and we’ll be celebrating with drinks, party poppers, and the fundamental question of ethics!

How should we make decisions? How should we decide who to vote for in this election? Toast or Chips?

Trying to answer these kinds of questions will be a cornucopia of the most popular acts we’ve had in the last two years:

HENRY GINSBERG!

AHIR SHAH!

CARMEN ALI!

and CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #22: ‘Dating’

DATING. A topic which people evidently care about but has been largely ignored by nearly all the great philosophers. (Probably because they couldn’t get dates.)

Well, now it’s time for Stand-up Philosophy to fix that, because Stand-up Philosophy is HOT and totally gets like LOADS of views on its online profile.

Has the internet changed the meaning of dating for us? What exactly counts as a date? Is there a clear ‘ethics of dating?’ Has OkCupid killed monogamy? And how exactly do you pick a good username?

Trying to answer this and other questions, will be

BARRY FERNS!
Multiple-award-winning comedian

MARK RESTUCCIA!
Stand-up, author and self-confessed internet dating addict

CATHY LEECH!
Writer and dating expert

NEIL DENHAM!
Stand-up Philosopher and host of Wycombe Skeptics

Hosted by philosophy’s answer to Cilla Black, CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #21: ‘Power’

Somehow we’ve reached the 21st SUP show at the Jeremy Bentham without having yet done a show on the theme of POWER.

Well, now it’s time to put that right.

What exactly is POWER? Who should have it, and why? And why does it feel like the kind of word that needs to be capitalised all the time? Trying to answer will be one of the most exciting line-ups we’ve had yet:

KATE SMURTHWAITE!
Comedian, campaigner, commentator

BRODERICK CHOW!
Philosopher, comedian, lecturer

TONY DUNN!
Stand-up comedian

SARAH COLSTON!
Writer

And host CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!