Ladies n' Genminminmin (er, min...) please welcome to "The Clearing" for her "damn good listening to!" the wonderful Actress, Stand-Up Comedienne & Performance Poet Angie Belcher!
Angie Belcher is an award-winning stand-up comedian and a popular performance poet. She also teaches comedy and recites deliberately poor political poetry through a young male caricature comic-creation called appropriately, Odious Vex.
Angie is patron of charity in Uganda called ‘Youth with a Vision’. She has her own young son called Ulysses. Angie Belcher is Comedian in Residence at Bristol University. She has her own Hidden Comedy Club. And now she is pioneering a Comedy on Prescription project for the NHS.
The first course has some 15 traumatised people who are willing to work on a new way of recovering from the individual horrors they have all experienced. Angie provides a safe space in which she encourages the participants to cleanse their wounds by reviewing their vulnerability and reframing it for the rest of the group to experience.
She turned down a request from Channel 4 to cover it for broadcast because it would compromise the confidentiality of the therapeutic endeavour. Angie’s own personal relief comes from an hour in the local Park every day focusing on the Guardian crossword, created by their somewhat sinister nom de plume: Professor Serpent.
Angie recently lost her mother who was and still is an inspiration to her. Her mother, Angie tells us, never told jokes but was always very funny. Blessed are those who are willing to play the fool in order to bring smiles and laughter into our troubled world. Angie’s own guiding concepts are that Doing is better than Worrying. And that “Chance favours an open mind”.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please meet the one and only Angie Belcher!
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