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Comedy as Commentary

LSE Literary Festival event

Jokes can explore the cracks and contradictions in our attitudes and conventions, sometimes with a crowbar. Much comedy writing can be read as a kind of commentary on social life, based on close observation and incisive questioning. Are comedy writers our colleagues in social science? LSE welcomes a panel of writers, actors and producers of today’s best loved comedy in the UK to talk about their work and their field.

Gareth Edwards is a producer and writer making shows for radio and television. His production credits include the BAFTA-winning That Mitchell and Webb Look, Warhorses of Letters and Bleak Expectations. His writing includes a range of TV sketch shows and the Radio 4 sitcom Artists; children’s books including The Big Jungle Mix Up; and the blog “Some Kind of Explanation” - an attempt to explain everything in the entire universe.

John Finnemore is an award-winning comedy writer and actor of and in comedy shows on radio and television. He writes and stars in the sitcom Cabin Pressure and the sketch show John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme. He co-writes David Mitchell’s Soapbox and appears in many other comedy places including The Now Show and The News Quiz.

Vicki Pepperdine is a comedy writer and actress. She writes and stars in the award-winning sitcom Getting On along with Joanna Scanlan and Jo Brand and was also co-writer and co-star of radio 4's The Hudson and Pepperdine Show. As an actress her many credits include Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge, Nighty Night, Lead Balloon, Twenty Twelve, A Young Doctor's Notebook and Coming Soon.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival|, taking place from Tuesday 25 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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Event weblisting: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/03/LitFest20130302t1900vSZT.aspx


Gareth Edwards | talks
John Finnemore | talks
Vicki Pepperdine | talks


Date and Time:

2 March 2013 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Sheikh Zayed Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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Organised by:

London School of Economics & Political Science
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