Ref NoBSUCA/Events/2/5
CollectionBritish Stand-Up Comedy Archive Events
TitleLinda Smith Lecture 2021: Robin Ince
Name of creatorInce, Robin, 1969-; Double, Oliver, 1965-
Duration1hr. 53 min. 38 sec.
1hr. 53 min. 27 sec.
Extent2 digital video files (mp4, 9.65GB; 5.66GB)
3 audio files (WAV, MP3)
DescriptionRobin Ince gives the Linda Smith Lecture on 2nd November 2021 at the Gulbenkian Theatre.
This lecture was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was rescheduled to 2021.

Audio: The original master recording is in two parts. The access file is just one part.
Video: Original recording: BSUCA/Events/2/5/2/1, edited recording: BSUCA/Events/2/5/2/2. Access copy is the edited version.

Summary: Track 1 [1:53:27]
[00:00] Interview starts. Host Oliver Double [OD] introduces guest speaker Robin Ince [RI] and discusses event namesake Linda Smith [LS]. [03:00] RI onstage. Talks about topics of discussion for the lecture. [06:00] RI talks about “Art” and the idealised view of perfect art. [08:12] RI tells a joke about Wittgenstein [Austrian Philosopher]. [11:25] RI returns to the idealised versus reality in art. [12:00] Anecdote about “voices” when performing stand-up. [15:00] RI describes a conversation about ADHD and the possibility of having it. [19:00] RI story about “Beautiful Days Festival” [family-oriented music festival in Devon]. [20:30] Anecdote from RI about touring Australia and becoming disillusioned with stand-up. [23:00] the anecdote leads into discussion of poetry. [26:50] RI reads one of his poems. [30:15] RI discusses love of comedy. His “first love.” Talks about love of “The Goodies” [1970’s Comedy television show starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie] [32:20] RI anecdote about performing with Tim Brooke-Taylor. [35:00] RI goes onto list other comics that were inspirations. [37:33] RI story about Alexei Sayle [English Comedian and actor] and helping get him back into comedy. [42:00] RI describes the intermingling of politics and culture in stand-up. [44:38] RI anecdote regarding generational approaches to gender and sexuality. [45:36] Story about a gig at an LGBT comedy camp. [47:50] RI mentions first stand-up gig. [49:00] RI discusses other influences outside the comedy world including Ian Curtis [Sing of English Band Joy Division] and Harold Pinter [British playwright]. [53:15] RI discusses the “culture wars.” [56:36] RI story about friend Barry Crimmins [BC. American comedian and Political satirist]. [59:30] RI reads a quote from BC. [1:03:57] RI tells one of his favourite jokes. [1:05:16] Interval is called, interval time excised from recording. RI returns discussing melons [melons had previously been mentioned. They appear as a gag in RI’s stand-up.] [1:08:40] RI discusses John Hegley [English poet and comedian] and his influence and style. [1:12:06] RI recounts other favourite jokes, including ones told by Joanna Neary and Stewart Lee [British comedians]. [1:15:00] RI anecdote about David Bowie’s [English musicians] song ‘Rock and Roll Suicide’. [1:16:20] RI discusses losing sight of the human side of comedy in favour of “the joke.” Talks about feeling shame at certain old jokes. [1:16:47] RI story about an ‘anti-comedy’ show performed with the intention of driving the audience away. [1:21:12] RI story about a friend who worked on the Samaritan's phoneline [Samaritans is a UK non-profit focused on suicide prevention]. [1:22:23] follow-up story about Frank Drake [American astrophysicist] which RI calls his “favourite science story.” [1:23:45] RI anecdote about his book “I’m a joke and so are you” followed by family anecdotes. [1:29:35] RI recounts the first comedy show he did after his mother’s death. [1:32:15] RI describes the idea of the “imp of the perverse.” [1:36:20] RI discusses suicide as a topic of comedy or to raise awareness. [1:40:49] [RI punches a watermelon until it explodes, the recording indicates that RI is covered in the melon]. [1:42:47] RI talks about Neil Innes [English comedian, musician, and writer], recounting a quote from him. Followed by an anecdote about Jeremy Hardy [Another British comedian and inspiration to RI]. [1:43:00] RI tells additional smaller anecdotes about meeting influences including BC and his cancer diagnosis. [1:47:40] RI discusses the impacts of words and by extensions jokes on people. [1:51:15] RI reads another poem. [1:52:50] OD thanks RI and closes the event.
[1:53:35] Interview Ends.
NotesAudio master recording is in two parts. Recorded on stage at the event by Oliver Double.
PhysicalDescriptionVideo file 1920x1080 25 fps 48kHz
Audio file WAV LPCM 48kHz 24 bit stereo
CategoryMoving image recordings
Audio recordings
Access conditionsAvailable for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU.
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