I'm not here to inspire, I'm here to make people laugh

 

Three disabled performers talk about their experiences of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Disabled performers are often put in the "inspirational performance" category whenever they get up on stage, but for this year's crop of disabled comics at the Edinburgh Fringe, they couldn't care less about that particular moniker.

Self-proclaimed "Touretteshero" Jess Thom is enjoying sold out performances of her first ever Edinburgh show Backstage In Biscuit Land.

"Humour is an incredible way of encouraging people to think differently about something," she says. But she knows that she is first and foremost a performer - changing attitudes is secondary.

Veteran Edinburgh stand up comic, Laurence Clark feels similarly. "I'm not here to inspire people, I'm here to make them laugh. If I've made them laugh then I've done my job."

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Video journalist: Kate Monaghan

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