Founders' Day Lecture - “We have ways of making you laugh”

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Paul Mayhew-Archer was an only child with few friends. When he was ten he started putting on comedy puppet shows and by the time he was eleven he had no friends at all. 

Undaunted, he’s spent most of his life trying to be funny and his credits include “The Vicar of Dibley”, "Mrs Brown’s Boys” and “Spitting Image”. Six years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and last year he won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Presenter of the Year for the documentary “Parkinson’s: The Funny Side”. Paul will talk about how comedy works, the joy of hearing an audience laugh, the horror of hearing an audience not laugh and why laughter is crucial to us as individuals and as a society. Plus he’ll tell some jokes and he absolutely promises he won’t bring his puppets.


Image credit: Richard Cave