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Introduction

Comedian Laurence Clark's latest show, is on tour until on tour until December 2005.

Promotional photo of comedian Laurence Clark

Photo of Laurence Clark by Rob Bremner

Jim Davidson once cancelled a show in Plymouth because there were wheelchair-users in the front row. Now disabled comedian Laurence Clark has turned the tables on the ginger gagster by refusing to perform if Jim Davidson is in his audience!

Laurence points out: If Jim can do comedy about us then I don't see why disabled people can't do the same in return?

Laurence's show turns the tables on comics who do 'disablist humour'. The Jim Davidson Guide to Equality, cleverly cuts and draws comparisons - between Jim Davidson's stand up show and Tony Blair's manifesto speeches. The result is a hilarious insight into the two 'performers' on their respective stages in the style of a fascist rally.

As the country prepares for another general election, Clark's bitingly funny, hard-hitting commentary draws uncanny parallels between Davidson and Blair. As he lambasts the Prime Minister's empty words and broken pre-election promises, he attempts to establish whether Davidson or Blair has the better grasp of equality issues.

Comparisons are drawn between Tony Blair's pre-election speeches and manifestos and Jim Davidson's 'comedy' leaving us with the message: Vote Jim Davidson! Is it any worse than the alternatives?

A brilliant, incisive writer, Clark regularly contributes to a variety of comedy, political and disability publications and was recently a guest reporter on BBC 2's Newsnight.

Press acclaim for Laurence Clark
"Could easily rival the likes of Mark Thomas." - EdinburghGuide.com

"Not since Robert Newman have I seen a comic who made me think so much and realise I knew so little" - The Scotsman

"One of the country's most scathing and in-your-face acts." - Metro

"Clark manages to tackle some of the oldest prejudices head-on and still has the audience in fits of laughter. Hard-hitting, hilarious and an absolute must-see." - Edinburgh Evening News

"Never have I seen a show where the audience have been so attentive. As a disabled comedian, Clark does have an added edge that makes you sit up and take notice. But that's not to say he's not funny. He is. Very." - Threeweeks

Related links
Read more about Laurence on his website: www.laurenceclark.co.uk
Laurence is a regular columnist on the BBC Ouch website

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