Stand-up Comedy circa 1996

More from the archive. This time it’s 1996 and a group of us (myself directing, Matt Eccles on camera and Clair Daintree producing) decide to make a video about the stand-up comedy scene.

Ha Bloody Ha from Dave Harte on Vimeo.

Filmed largely in Birmingham (Glee Club and The Bear in Bearwood feature) this focuses on two up-and-coming comedians from the time, Andy Robinson and Natalie Haynes. Much of the focus is on the latter as female comedians doing the circuit were even rarer then than they are now. Natalie has gone on to great things of course with a Perrier nomination, a headlining tour or two, appearances on the Beeb, a column in the Times, she’s even written a book. Back then she barely got paid for a gig. Worth having a read of a review on the Laughter Track blog.

Natalie HaynesAndy Robinson

Andy is still a stalwart of the Birmingham circuit and has supported major comedians on national tours. Jenny Eclair also features in an interview.

The programme stands up quite well despite the occasional contrived scene. This version is from the S-VHS master and has some sound drop-outs – more at the start actually so stick with it.