‘Inspired’ idea was a Fringe hit

Laurence Clark
Laurence Clark

He might not see himself as an inspiration but comedian Laurence Clark’s show was certainly a revelation at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Laurence has cerebral palsy but not one to dwell on his condition in the slightest, Laurence grew tired of people placing him on a pedestal for being able to do normally mundane things.

And so he created ‘Inspired’ a darkly funny show in which Laurence sets out to challenge the social views on disability.

And his views most definitely struck a chord with audiences in Edinburgh last year, with Laurence winning rave reviews for his stint in the Scottish capital.

Not bad for a man who fell into comedy after growing bored of his studies into molecular biology.

“I got to the point where I thought I had to go and do something I enjoyed even if it felt flat on its face,” he told ‘WOW’,

“I wanted to be a comedy writer but knowing that lots of people send scripts away never to get any reply, I decided the way to go would be to get on stage and tell the jokes myself.

“I think if I’d ever told my career advisor at school that I wanted to be a stand up comedian there’d have been a very long silence!”

Thankfully for him and comedy fans all over the UK, Laurence did anything but fall flat on his face and has steadily built up quite a reputation for himself with critics and audiences alike.

When ‘Inspired’ appeared at the 2013 Fringe Festival his reviewers urged people to get a ticket for the show immediately, proclaiming that Laurence was “firing on all cylinders’.

“‘The idea for the show came in the build up to the 2012 Olympics,” he explained.

“I wanted to look at what it meant to be an inspiration.

“It’s a word that’s often associated with disabled people. It seems that there is still a generally low expectation of what we can do so people have called me inspiring just for being married and being a father.

“To me the term inspiration is something that is used far too much, often to praise relatively run of the mill things.

“I don’t see myself as an inspiration although I guess I am proud of what I’ve done.

“If I wasn’t doing stand up I’d be stuck in a university lab somewhere. I’m sure being a molecular biologist would be quite a prosperous job but I wouldn’t get the same enjoyment out of it.”

*Laurence brings ‘Inspired’ to The Maltings on Saturday, April 26. Tickets are £13 adults, £11.50 concessions, £7 children.