Storm damaged family trees, unwelcome step parents, estranged fathers and DNA tests; not things that you'd normally expect to laugh at but in this programme that's exactly what we'd like you to do. Host Julia Sutherland explores the dark corners of three comedians' family history to find out the true stories behind the laughs.
Jo Jo Sutherland was raised in a castle and has a family structure worthy of any medieval power struggle. Live from the stage she tries to explain how her daughters are cousins and why throughout all the hardships and emotion strains she has held her nearest and dearest close no matter what. Fern Brady has recently had to face the prospect of her father getting remarried; on stage she is brash and unforgiving and later in private she shares her true experiences and reasons for her distaste at the person she is expected to include in her life. Thom Tuck closes the show with his story of meeting his estranged father in adulthood. His particular character makes what could have been a tragic story a charming and funny tale, laced with a great love for his mother and the man he has always called Dad.
Recorded live in Edinburgh.
Julia Sutherland introduces three comedians who tackle the taboos of family life.
Julia Sutherland introduces another three comedians who tackle the taboos of family life.
Adoption and biological family searches, families with criminal tendancies, sharing a house with overbearing parents in adulthood; not things that you'd normally expect to laugh at but in this programme that's exactly what we'd like you to do. Host Julia Sutherland explores the dark corners of three comedians' family history to find out the true stories behind the laughs.
Deborah Frances White is a successful writer and comedian based in London and she has always known that she was adopted at birth. With the advent of the internet she was able to find her biological mother and shares her story of meeting her new family for the first time on the other side of the world.
Ashley Storrie is the daughter of another stand up comedian, and with an autistic father and a family with a broad criminal history, growing up the same as "normal" families would was never going to happen. She tells us of the normality of being surrounded by secrets and surreptitious movements, whilst coping with the troubles that every teenager faces growing up.
Closing the show Nat Luurtsema tells her true story of her traumatic relationship breakup and subsequently having to move back in with her parents at 28. She discovers that whilst she has grown up and changed, her parents haven't realised. The troubles of being independent whilst living under their roof are apparent and lead to some hilarious circumstances.
Recorded live in Edinburgh.