Before becoming an academic, Oliver Double was a professional stand-up comedian on the national alternative comedy circuit. He was a member of Red Grape Cabaret, and used to run The Last Laugh, Sheffield's longest running comedy club.
Media appearances include Loose Ends (Radio 4), Pebble Mill (BBC1) and Without Walls (C4). In November 2006, he performed a brand new solo stand-up show entitled Saint Pancreas at the Whitstable Horsebridge Centre. Based on his experiences of parenting children with a chronic illness, a film of the show is now available on DVD.
Oliver is the author of ‘Getting the Joke – the Art of Stand-up Comedy’ and ‘Stand-up – On Being a Comedian’. He teaches stand-up comedy at the University of Kent.
Saint Pancreas DVD available for purchase direct from University of Kent, SDFVA, price £8.
Oliver Double conducted a practice as research project in 2006-07 on the use of emotion and intense personal experience in stand-up comedy. The project involved him devising a full length comedy show about the experience of bringing up two children with diabetes, which was performed at the Horsebridge Arts Centre in Whitstable in November 2006. A film of the show is now available on a DVD, which also includes various forms of reflection on the project.
A tender and uplifting monologue that's surprisingly funny." -William Cook, The Guardian