• 2016,  comedy,  friends,  musicals,  Uncategorized

    Matilda!

    Earlier this week I went to London, had a wander round by myself (getting slightly lost) and then met up with friends (including a very excited almost 7 year old) and we went to a matinee of Matilda the Musical. It was fab.  I did expect it to be funnier than it was – I had high expectations for that because Tim Minchin who is a musical comedian (and one of my favourites) wrote the lyrics. But when I thought about it afterwards he’s known for clever humour. And this was certainly fully of clever lyrics with humour woven in.  I would much rather have that than it be full…

  • 2016,  comedy,  Uncategorized

    The Noise Next Door

    I love live comedy. And with an arts centre only a few minutes wheel away that does great comedy at a reasonable price (plus bonus free carer tickets for whoever goes with me) I’m lucky enough to get to go often. Last night was the first live comedy of the year – The Noise Next Door – and it was good. Capital G Good. A friend and I saw them do a short set (maybe 20 minutes) as part of a comedy club last year. We tried the comedy club twice and weren’t overally impressed with it – the first time was OK and having seen these guys we really…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  comedy,  Uncategorized

    J is for…

    J is for Jokes. OK so this would probably have been better as C is for Comedy but go with it… I love comedy.  Especially live comedy. I went to the comedy club at uni for the first time in my second year it was a friend’s birthday and I’d never thought of going before but she wanted to so I went along.  I was having a really shit day but I really enjoyed it. I went back to comedy club at uni the next week.  And most weeks for the rest of the year and the two years that followed of my uni time. Then I didn’t get to…

  • 2014,  advocacy,  blogging,  comedy,  language,  the r word,  theatre,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    Hate isn’t Funny, part two

    To recap: On Wednesday I went to see Omid Djalili do a warm up gig.  I really wish I hadn’t because not only did he used the R word in one of his jokes he also did another which was the most horrendously ableist joke I’ve ever heard.  On Friday I posted a blog about that – Hate Isn’t Funny. This is the last I’m going to say on the matter. That blog post got a lot of attention on twitter and facebook (and in comments here).  It’s also had the most hits of any of my posts on this blog in a very long time (I’ve not seen the…

  • 2014,  attitudes,  comedy,  complaints,  Uncategorized

    Hate isn’t Funny

    On Saturday Mum and I went to a Jack Whitehall gig in Oxford.  He definitely wasn’t the best comedian I’ve ever seen but most of the time he was pretty funny.  Once or twice he pretended to have forgotten his script and at least once he really did forget his script which was a bit frustrating. Unfortunately however he also made several jokes that I thought were right on the line of what is and isn’t acceptable when it comes to disability.  I can take that.  I think I’m a lot more flexible than some people are on the sort of comments I find acceptable and I thought a couple…

  • comedy,  disability,  disablism,  Uncategorized,  violence against disabled people

    >Comedians and Disablist Jokes

    >At the gig I went to tonight the headline comedian (Milton Jones) made a joke about people faking disabilities to get benefits. Which as you might imagine ruined my enjoyable of the rest of the show. I’m not going to share the joke here because I don’t want to give it “air time”. However I’ve since found an e-mail address for him and have let him know my thoughts on the matter. As it’s a subject which I don’t think gets the attention it should (Ricky Gervais, Frankie Boyle and Jim Davidson all being well known for doing the same but still popular) I thought I would share the e-mail…

  • comedy,  friends,  theatre,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    >The Hairy Bikers Big Night Out (AKA After 10 Days, Emma Goes Out!)

    >The Hairy Bikers last night was sooo much fun!  Absolutely hilarious.  My friend was going to drive but then my Dad offered as his car has 4 wheel drive which was cool as it meant we could have a few drinks. The arts centre has two very cool dedicated wheelchair spaces at the back which me and my friend have dubbed the Royal Box and they can put you in the front row – the seats are fold down and they reserve you two to make a wheelchair space as a chair is bigger than one of the seats.  But they don’t put two seat numbers on the tickets.  I…

  • comedy,  disability,  NaNoWriMo,  Save DLA,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >Making my Points!

    >I am not in a rush but almost am so this will be a quick blog. First, I plan on doing the Ask Me Anything Answers tomorrow so tonight is the final chance for questions. Secondly, Stephen Fry tweeted about the Save DLA petition, how cool is that?! Point the Third, I am getting quite excited about NaNoWriMo. A bit lacking in concrete plans though! D) I am going to see Adam Hills tonight!! Yay!! 5) I am getting my new wheelchair on 20th Oct. And my Dad is going to take me so I don’t have to faff with ambulance transport. The transport is great because it gives me…

  • comedy,  friends,  General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  lion king,  swimming,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    >Amazing Day

    >I’m having an amazing day… and it’s not over yet! Yesterday there was much discussion between me and a few others and many e-mails sent about going to see various different things at the theatre. The end result being that it was decided that me and Sam would book tickets to go and see Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in Oxford in May. We’d also decided we’d go see a show in London and after much e-mailing settled on the Lion King. And when I looked up the dates online I saw that Dara O’Briain who is a rocking comedian is coming to Oxford. Ben and Geri wanted to…

  • carnivals,  comedy,  fun stuff,  Uncategorized

    >I love to laugh…. it’s getting worse every year!

    >The next Disability Blog Carnival has the theme, how do you relax, chill out? Obviously my favourite ways to chillax are with a book or sailing or swimming. I’m also a big fanfic fan. But I thought I’d tell you about something else I love. I love comedy and I happily while away many an hour on you tube or similar watching comedy clips. Particularly at this time of year when sailing is out and the light is bad which really affects my mood. I was a regular at the weekly comedy club at uni and really need to get back into live comedy. One of my favourite comedians is…