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Jess Thom Says She Is Not Here To Inspire

August 12, 2014

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 “Tourettes Hero” 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.”

To watch a subtitled version of this video, click here

Video journalist: Kate Monaghan

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