Performance & Dance

An Irresponsible Father's Guide to Parenting

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Growing up, Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus and even that died from lack of water.

But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies, which is a pretty strong opening line for a first date! What follows is the hilarious and heartwarming story of two people with cerebral palsy traversing the ups and downs of parenthood.

If Laurence is an irresponsible father then it’s nothing to do with being disabled. It’s probably more to do with balancing his wife’s crutches on his son’s baby walker to make him look like a Dalek!

Laurence Clark is an internationally acclaimed comedian, writer and actor. He starred in the BBC One documentary We Won’t Drop the Baby and recently featured on The One Show, The Wright Stuff and BBC Radio 5 Live. He’s been ShortList magazine's Funniest New Comedian, an Amused Moose Comedy Awards-finalist, and has a sitcom in development with Channel 4.

Wickedly funny*****
Intelligent and incredibly mischievous ****
Close to the bone and very funny ****
…irreverent, pertinent and that rarest of things – a humorous hour that leaves you looking at the world in a different light.
Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
Laurence Clark has attitude in spades. He’s a searing political satirist who ensures both his message and his jokes are on an equal footing & never lecturing and never being less than funny.
Steve Bennett, Chortle
This is heavy hitting, clever stuff. Not very much stand-up these days has the power to shock, to force a sharp intake of breath and to change minds. This does.
Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

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