Microphone, Spotlight
& Twitter
Oliver Double, University of Kent
The Stand-Up
Comedy
of the Future
Stand-Up & Technology: History
‘Stand-up comedy is a fundamentally old-fashioned,
labor-intensive, low-tech performance mo...
Stand-Up & Technology: Now

The human presence remains paramount?
Stand-Up & Technology: Now

Tiernan Douieb’s Twitter Comedy Club
Stand-Up & Technology: Now

Dane Cook on Facebook
Stand-Up & Technology: Now

Jimmy Carr in Second Life
Stand-Up & Technology: Now

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Tomorrowland, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida)
Stand-Up & Technology: Now
‘Little Howard started off as...a satire of “Is it possible to mechanise
improvisation?”...Ever...
Thank you and
Goodnight

www.oliverdouble.com
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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 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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Digibury: Oliver Double - Microphone, Spotlight & Twitter

  1. 1. Microphone, Spotlight & Twitter Oliver Double, University of Kent
  2. 2. The Stand-Up Comedy of the Future
  3. 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. 4. Stand-Up & Technology: Now The human presence remains paramount?
  5. 5. Stand-Up & Technology: Now Tiernan Douieb’s Twitter Comedy Club
  6. 6. Stand-Up & Technology: Now Dane Cook on Facebook
  7. 7. Stand-Up & Technology: Now Jimmy Carr in Second Life
  8. 8. Stand-Up & Technology: Now Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Tomorrowland, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida)
  9. 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. 10. Thank you and Goodnight www.oliverdouble.com

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