The British Council, in cooperation with Comedy Nights the Comedy Club, presented, for the first time in Greece, stand up comedy from Britain. The thought behind the British comedy month was mainly based on the entertainment of the public in Athens through its contact with three of the brightest talents of British comedy today, namely Craig Hill, Lucy Porter and Rob Hitchmough, Owen O’Neill. Humor though, especially British humor, isn’t always entertaining. Many times it is bitter, dry, dramatic, political, politically unorthodox, subversive, offensive, emotional, irrational and not necessarily funny. Comedians, standing up in a room full of strangers and basically creating a show out of words, improvisations and nothing else, can be characterized by someone sane as incredibly brave or show-offs. At the end, the audience comes to this show knowing beforehand that it demands –and pays- to laugh, it’s the strictest judge and the most willing lover, both at the same time.
British stand-up comedians meet their Greek counterparts in a novel venture by the club and the British Council. Three stars of the UK scene - Craig Hill, Lucy Porter and Owen O'Neill - sharpen their wits on Athenian audiences alongside the Comedy Club team.Stand-up comedy is fairly new in Greece and still an amateur enterprise. The visitors will runned workshops for the local comedians. A chance to see how humor travels. Hill certainly raised a laugh with his response to the Evzones, the presidential guard whose uniform dates from the time of King Otto. «It's surprising to see men who look so butch wearing tights,» he said. «I wanted to touch them but the guard said he'd shoot me if I did.» He relished the opportunity to leave the «comfort zone» of the familiar and work in new places «where you have to establish a relationship with an audience within two minutes.»
Does humor travel? If it does, what language does it speak? If it has a language, what is its nationality?
This alternative theatrical expression provided the grounds for conversation, search, knowledge, tumbles and laughs with the established Greek stand up comedians Dimitris Démopoulos, Evgenia Sassalou, Karina Rou, Kostas Koukoutsis, Miltos Tzalagiannis, Niki Hatzigeorgiou, Kostandinos Passas
Owen O Neil
Miltos Tzalagiannis Bebekos
Concept –Commissioning Editor
Head of Creativity and Society
British Council, Greece
British Comedy Month Coordinator
British Council, Greece
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