What do stand-up comedy and an Austrian neurologist have in common?
Freud (Sigmund, rather than Clement) provides Alex Sergeant with a rich source of material in “Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious”, at this year’s Croydon Comedy Festival later this month.
Sergeant describes the show as “an introduction to Freudian psychoanalysis accompanied by a number of phallic gags”.
Poking fun at the Oedipus complex and avoiding Freudian slips along the way, the show offers an evening’s entertainment for the discerning comedy fan who wants to laugh, to think and to think about why we laugh whilst laughing and thinking.
Sergeant’s comedy is well-researched. He is a university lecturer who has published on aspects of Freudian psychoanalysis in a number of academic journals, as well as teaching on the subject at a variety of universities.
He has been appearing on London’s open mic comedy scene over the last year, blending his academic research interests with comedic writing and performance.
He said: “I’ve always thought that Freud was funny. Now feels the right time to prove it by bringing Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious to Croydon’s summer of comedy.”
The show takes place on Thursday June 30 at Project B, 1 Bell Hill, Croydon CR0 1FB, off Surrey Street.
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