28 Sep 2021 / 16.30-18.30
Online via Zoom

Stand-Up Comedy and the Critical Conversation

Join Counterpoints Arts for the next event in our PopChange Salon Series featuring a live recording of our new podcast “But Is It Funny?” which puts comedy criticism in the spotlight.

Panellists Suchandrika Chakrabarti (comic and writer), Jamal Khadar (writer and researcher) and Brian Logan (comedy critic for The Guardian) will be discussing current issues in stand-up and highlighting upcoming gigs and events.

Following the recording, PopChange Salon Series host, K Biswas, will lead a reflective discussion where you can have your say on what topics you think future episodes should be covering. The aim  is to extend and diversify comedy criticism, bringing a wider range of insights into mainstream and emerging work.

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About the “But Is It Funny?” Podcast:

Launching in September 2021, this weekly podcast features Suchandrika Chakrabarti (comic and writer), Jamal Khadar (writer and researcher) and Brian Logan (comedy critic for The Guardian) discussing issues and highlights of the stand-up comedy scene in the UK.

Building on Counterpoints Arts’ No Direction Home comedy project — which trains a new generation of stand-up comedians with migrant and refugee backgrounds — and its recent PopChange Retreat, “But Is It Funny?” recognises that more diverse critical conversations can have a significant role in opening access and broadening audiences. For example, is improv discriminatory? Do Middle Eastern performers only make jokes about terrorists? Can refugees ever be funny?

While comedy has soared in popularity across the UK and internationally, critical conversations have continued to be less prominent than for other artforms. “But Is It Funny?”, the first regular podcast to focus on comedy criticism, will help address that shortcoming.

Hosted by Counterpoints Arts‘ PopChange Initiative, this is the second of five PopChange Salons in 2021 exploring the opportunities for real change presented within the New Brave world Report (2021), hosted by K Biswas. The Salon Series will explore racial justice, comedy, TV, gaming and narrative change.


28 Sep 2021

Online via Zoom