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Lawrence Clark Returns to Edinburgh

Underbelly (The Wee Coo), Edinburgh – 3rd-28thAugust (not 16th) @ 6.40pm
Tickets from 0844 545 8252 or the Underbelly website.

What links Stephen Hawking, cardboard tube fights, Shane MacGowan, private health insurance, George Washington, Mussolini, a religious cult, the Queen, global Armageddon and the NHS?  Find out as highly acclaimed comedian Laurence Clark embarks on a one-man mission to help Obama sell the benefits of free healthcare to the American people.

“Intelligent and challenging… always a thought-provoking point behind the laughter.” **** Chortle

Following his critically acclaimed 2008 Edinburgh Fringe show which received an impressive total of eight 4 star reviews, Laurence Clark has taken a couple of years off from the Edinburgh Fringe to focus on his writing and creative development. He now gives talks and performances all over the world – including the US where he found inspiration for his show – and has a dedicated BBC1 documentary secured for Autumn / Spring broadcast. If you’re lucky you may see the crew following him round Edinburgh during the Fringe.

As an actor, presenter, commentator and comedian on BBC, ITV and C4, Laurence appears in documentaries, sitcoms, news shows and features and has also topped Shortlist magazine’s Britain’s Ten Funniest New Comedians. He is now returning to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform his brand new live show Health Hazard!

“Close to the bone and very funny… makes Chris Morris look lightweight.” **** The Scotsman

Inspired by his trips to the US, and the furore surrounding American health reforms, Laurence returned with camera-in-hand to find out for himself exactly how the American public view state-funded healthcare. Surely tales of Americans actually believing the NHS operates specialist death panels who decide whether you live or die are just propaganda and sensationalist press reporting … aren’t they? With personal tales, political exposés and an educational journey punctuated with bizarre incidents and amazing characters, Laurence Clark’s Health Hazard! is a show not to be missed.

“Any vaguely sentient being ought to leave this stupendously funny and thought-provoking show with their sides split and their minds buzzing. Laurence Clark has a wit drier than the Navajo desert, a control of timing that would put Seiko to shame and scores upon scores of fizzingly funny one-liners.” The Stage

Laurence has written 5 highly acclaimed solo shows, is a regular writer for BBC Ouch! and performs and writes sketches for comedy group Abnormally Funny People.  Across all his shows Laurence has had 18 x 4-star reviews and 3 x 5-star reviews.

“Remarkably funny… a damn fine comedian” **** Fest
“intelligent and incredibly mischievous” **** Metro
“nothing short of an excellent comedian” **** Three Weeks

Also visit Lawrence’s website at: www.laurenceclark.co.uk 

Development funded by Arts Council England, DaDafest ’10, Liverpool Decade of Health and Well-Being and North West Training and Development Team

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