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RSS FeedsMicky Overman on comedy and violation: `How could a man masturbate during my set?`
(The Guardian Culture News)


10 august 2019 09:51:03

Micky Overman on comedy and violation: `How could a man masturbate during my set?`
(The Guardian Culture News)

I was told a man had been masturbating during my show. Iīve since heard of two other performers it has happened to. Isnīt comedy meant to be a space where we can safely express ourselves?A comedian friend of mine told me that being on stage is the only place he feels completely in control. How incredibly lucky, I thought: I feel the opposite. Sure, I wrote the words Iīm saying, and Iīm in charge of my body, but aside from that itīs up to the gods. This feeling is part insecurity and partly because of a gross experience I had at last yearīs Edinburgh fringe which, if it was a godīs fault, was definitely Zeusīs.An audience member had a wank in my show. I know, such a Zeus thing to do. I donīt want to scare anyone who is attending but, in the dark, humid caves that make up a large number of the festivalīs venues, people can apparently get away with stuff like that. I was made aware of it afterwards by venue staff. They were informed by another comic who had seen it happening but, knowing what it means to perform at the festival, did not want to interrupt my show. So he sat through it all, occasionally nudging the man to try and get him to stop. Hearing about it afterwards, it affected both me and my show, as I was definitely more worried about doing all my dick jokes. It made me feel violated, and I worried that heīd come back. Continue reading...
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