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Stand-up for the lawyers

What do you call a funny lawyer? Joanna Purkis finds out at Law Smash

13 October 2014

The packed basement of the Star of Kings near King's Cross, last Thursday evening, did not feel like your typical legal event. Jeans and t-shirts were much more in evidence than suits and ties, and the venue, with black walls, low ceilings, flagstone floors and hip hop playing on the PA system, was nothing like Gray's Inn or Temple. This was Law Smash, and the nine legal professionals taking to the stage were out to prove that the law can be a laugh.

The Law Smash participants had been coached in stand-up by Steve Cross, a scientist and stand-up comedian who also compèred the evening. Steve has made stand-up comedy a key part of his role as head of public engagement at University College London, and has set up two comedy events where academics communicate their research to the public through stand-up - Bright Club and Science Show Off. Following a stand-up workshop at LawFest 2014, la...

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