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Digibury: Oliver Double - Microphone, Spotlight & Twitter

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Traditionally, stand-up comedy has been seen as a low-tech format, relying on equipment no more sophisticated than a microphone and a spotlight. In this talk, University of Kent lecturer and ex …

Traditionally, stand-up comedy has been seen as a low-tech format, relying on equipment no more sophisticated than a microphone and a spotlight. In this talk, University of Kent lecturer and ex stand-up comedian, Oliver Double, examines the history of technology in stand-up, from the pre-microphone days of variety theatre to the increasing use of multimedia in today’s comedy scene.


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  • 1. Microphone, Spotlight & Twitter Oliver Double, University of Kent
  • 2. The Stand-Up Comedy of the Future
  • 3. Stand-Up & Technology: History ‘Stand-up comedy is a fundamentally old-fashioned, labor-intensive, low-tech performance mode...The microphone and spotlight are the only necessary technologies; the human presence remains paramount.’ - Philip Auslander, 1992
  • 4. Stand-Up & Technology: Now The human presence remains paramount?
  • 5. Stand-Up & Technology: Now Tiernan Douieb’s Twitter Comedy Club
  • 6. Stand-Up & Technology: Now Dane Cook on Facebook
  • 7. Stand-Up & Technology: Now Jimmy Carr in Second Life
  • 8. Stand-Up & Technology: Now Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Tomorrowland, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida)
  • 9. Stand-Up & Technology: Now ‘Little Howard started off as...a satire of “Is it possible to mechanise improvisation?”...Everything Little Howard said originally...was prerecorded. And there would be an “any questions” section. So people could ask any question at all, and Little Howard would answer it, and it was all pre-recorded. And for me it was an intellectual exercise and a sort of a slightly highbrow, snooty poke at people who pretended to improvise...No-one just improvises an entire set. People think we do and that’s why people think we’re brilliant, [whispers] but we’re not.’ - Howard Read Howard Read & Little Howard
  • 10. Thank you and Goodnight www.oliverdouble.com