Past Events, Podcasts and Videos

Stand-up Philosophy #32: ‘Places and People’

People! Places! It usually helps to have the right people in the right places, although it’s not easy to know what that means. Why do some places mean more to us than others? What does ‘home’ mean? And why does it take so much longer to get there when you really need the toilet?

The place is the Jeremy Bentham pub; and the people will be…

Top Comic
KATE SMURTHWAITE!

Stand-up Comedian
RUSS MULLIGAN!

Comic and Stand-up Philosopher
ALEX FARROW!

and Philosopher and comedian
ANNA DOMINEY!

And making sure everyone is in their proper places, host CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #31: ‘Nonsense’

Some people think that philosophy is nonsense. Some people think that doing philosophy is the only way to avoid nonsense. (The second group tend to be philosophers). So at Stand-up Philosophy, it’s about time we decided what actually is nonsense and what isn’t…

Featuring…

Comedian,writer and star of Radio’s ‘Infinite Monkey Cage’
ROBIN INCE!

Philosopher
HUW REES!

and Philosopher
EMILY HARDING!

All just about held together by host CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #30: ‘Families’

It’s January! Traditionally the month with the highest rate of divorce and family breakdown in the entire year. So what better time to do a Stand-up Philosophy show on Families?

What exactly is a ‘family’? Why are families important? Are the families we choose more or less important than the ones we don’t? And why were some of them so much more difficult to buy Christmas presents for than others?

Answering this and other questions will be…

Top stand-up, writer and father
ANDREW WATTS!

Stand-up and author
ROSIE WILBY!

Top comic
PAUL RICKETTS!

Comedian and Neanderthals expert
ELLA AL-SHAMAHI!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #29: ‘Lies’

This sentence is a lie. Or is it? If it is, then it isn’t. But if it isn’t, then it is. Annoying, eh? (This one apparently drove Bertrand Russell nuts). But what is definitely NOT a lie is that STAND-UP PHILOSOPHY is back on the 1st December, and the theme is ‘Lies’!

Why do people lie? Can lying ever be a good thing? And why do we sometimes prefer to believe lies than the truth?

Answering this and other questions will be…

Top stand-up
SEAN MCLOUGHLIN!

Award-winning novelist
MARLI ROODE!

Comedian and writer
LINDSAY SHARMAN!

Stand-up comic
ALEX MASON!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #28: ‘History’

It’s said that those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Well, obviously we haven’t studied Stand-up Philosophy enough yet, because it’s back again on the 3rd November…and the theme is ‘History’!

How does history affect us? Can we escape our personal histories? And why are my memories of last weekend such a blur?

Answering this and other questions will be…

Top stand-up comedian
AHIR SHAH!

Philosophical genius
DR. BRODERICK CHOW!

Comedy writer and history buff,
ED O’MEARA!

And stand-up and SUP favourite,
CARMEN ALI!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #27: ‘Work’

Work. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it…But at least we can philosophise about it!

Is work really necessary? What will we do when robots take all our jobs? And why is it that previously okay people suddenly become arseholes when they become your boss?

Making the idea of work fun will be…

Top stand-up comedian
HENRY GINSBERG!

Comedian and workaholic
DARSHAN SANGHRAJKA!

Author
NAN CRAIG!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #26: ‘Status’

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF STAND-UP PHILOSOPHY to the Jeremy Bentham will be all about ‘Status’. Because Philosophy is cool. Or maybe it isn’t. But it’s respected. Or maybe it isn’t. But people come to see it anyway. Or at least, if they don’t, you should…

What gives people a high or low status? Does it matter? And why do we think we can get it by having those specific shoes?

Answering these questions and more will be

Top stand-up and legend of cool
TOM GOODLIFFE!

Comedian and entrepreneurial hero
DARSHAN SANGHRAJKA!

And philosopher
MIRUNA DIANA OLARU!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #25: ‘Progress’

Obviously the idea that mankind is making progress is ludicrous to anyone who has ever been on twitter.

What would progress even look like if we could achieve it? Should we try? And why do Pizza Hut keep making new kinds of stuffed crust when it really isn’t necessary?

All these questions will be discussed!

AND – as a pre-Edinburgh show we are lucky to have a FULL-LENGTH EDINBURGH PREVIEW from one of comedy’s most progressive and innovative comedians,

HOLLY BURN!
Star of TV’s Bad Bridesmaid
“Burn has a fearless streak onstage which means that anything goes” – Bruce Dessau

Plus,

SIMON PLOTKIN!
Stand-up’s answer to progressive rock

ALEX MASON!
pushing back the boundaries of Stand-up Philosophy

All held together by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!

Stand-up Philosophy #24: ‘Fear’

The truths of Philosophy, as everyone knows, are really really scary. But not as scary as being chased by a bear whose lunch you’ve just stolen. Or are they?

What is fear? Why do we have irrational phobias? And why do we like scary films?

Trying to answer these kinds of questions will be:

Top stand-up and ‘secret comedians’ host, the terrifyingly lovely
ELF LYONS!

Frighteningly funny comedian
JOSHUA ROSS!

The awe-inspiring stand-up of
BOYCE BAILEY!

And the intimidating intelligence of
ALASTAIR GRAY!

Hosted by CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY who really doesn’t like scary films at all

Stand-up Philosophy #23: ‘Decisions’

That’s right, May will be TWO YEARS since the first ever Stand-up Philosophy show – and we’ll be celebrating with drinks, party poppers, and the fundamental question of ethics!

How should we make decisions? How should we decide who to vote for in this election? Toast or Chips?

Trying to answer these kinds of questions will be a cornucopia of the most popular acts we’ve had in the last two years:

HENRY GINSBERG!

AHIR SHAH!

CARMEN ALI!

and CHARLIE DUNCAN SAFFREY!