Comedy has played an enormously important role in my life. Particularly in times of darkness, loneliness, depression, sadness. Comedians that I have connected with, have not just made me laugh for a few moments, but given me hope that my own little world view had actually not been so odd, weird, solitary.
There is nothing funny about child abuse. As developed as I hope my sense of comedy is – for satire, dead-pan, sarcasm, self-deprecation, lunatic slapstick etc, this is not a subject I can find any humour in. Perhaps that’s just me.
Putting that to one side, given that I was raised with ritual religious abuse, I can and do draw delight and comfort in comedy about theology and the ultimate existential question. And I am a great believer in the power of humour as therapy, that enables me as an adult, to laugh, mock, deride the absurd theological concepts I was originally indoctrinated with as a child and again, once drugged, electro-shocked and browbeaten as a teenager, forced to readopt.
The comedians below, professional and amateur, have over the past 20+ years helped me hugely in being able to laugh at that which I was once so scared of. That which terrified me so greatly and even at one time, made me doubt my own sanity.
There’s nothing quite like reaching the stage of recovery where you can laugh at your own fears. I continue to work with that. I hope that some of these links might help you see the humour in the craziness of existence, whatever you have escaped from.
‘To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it’. – Charlie Chaplin
NB: I am an atheist. I fully support the right of each and every adult to believe whatever they choose; I have no desire to judge or push my own views on anyone else, and would hope people show me the same respect. I am also an anti-theist, in so much as I strongly condemn the enforced theological indoctrination of children. I consider it a form of abuse.
Early Stand-Up Pioneers
Old Skool Torch-Bearers
Latter Day Comedy Saints
For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses