Andy Shaw
co-founder, Comedy Unleashed

Andy Shaw is the co-founder and organiser of London’s free-speech comedy club, Comedy Unleashed. The Times described it as ‘the comedy night that takes the PC out of the stand-up elite’. The Daily Telegraph dubbed it ‘crackling with a punk-like spirit that isn’t afraid of causing offence’. The club hosts comedians who challenge conventional thinking and make us think – as well as laugh.

Andy writes spoofs for the Spectator, including ‘10 Steps On Becoming a New Progressive’ and ‘A Guide to Left-wing People For The Under 10s’.

Andy is currently compiling a ‘Post Modern Dictionary’. The satirical poke at faddish words and vacuous phrases explores how language is used to obfuscate meaning. As new words and phrases enter the discourse, such as ‘sustainable’, ‘gender neutral’ or ‘#MeToo’, they avoid precise definition and undermine honest debate. It is a funny look at the political manipulation of language.

Follow Andy on Twitter: @AndyShaw1


Saturday 2 November, 14:00 Barbican Library
The Life Of Brian at 40: are we more easily offended today?