LIFI22: What Can You Laugh About?

Saturday 24 September 2022

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In a society where cancel culture is widespread and language censored, where exactly should we draw the line between comedic expression and just downright offensive?

Jamali Maddix (host)
Ayishat Akanbi
Rosie Jones
Geoff Norcott

Leeds International Festival of Ideas event.

  • Howard Assembly Room

Start time

1 hour 30 minutes

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About the panel

Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Vice’s Hate Thy Neighbour and Sky’s Never Mind the BuzzcocksJamali Maddix’s unique voice and style come from the sharp perspective of a comic well beyond his years. His last tour sold out shows across the globe, playing the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.

Ayishat Akanbi is a London-based writer, cultural commentator, fashion stylist and photographer. She’s worked with a wide range of high-profile people and brands, and her book, The Awokening, is to be published in 2022. With a belief that personal style should be universally accessible and a passion for making politics more engaging for young people, Ayishat has an influential voice in both the academic and the creative spaces.

Rosie Jones is a comedian, actress and regular on hit comedy shows from Live at the Apollo to Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Having started her career as a TV researcher and scriptwriter, Rosie has recently signed a two-book deal with Hachette Children’s Group.

As a rare right-wing comedian, Geoff Norcott is a unique voice in British comedy. Geoff has appeared on Live at the ApolloMash Report and Mock the Week. He’s built a significant following with sell-out Edinburgh runs and national tours. His first book Where Did I Go Right?: How the Left Lost Me was published in 2021.

Leeds International Festival of Ideas 2022

Leeds International Festival of Ideas (LIFI) is a metropolitan celebration of new ideas and innovation, which aims to introduce the brightest minds to the city and the city to the brightest minds to discuss new ideas and the world of tomorrow.

The festival, brought to the city by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), brings renowned names, experts in their field and some of the world’s most exciting thinkers to Leeds to share thoughts and ideas through a programme of inspiring keynote talks and thought-provoking panels, with its range of speakers just as diverse as the subject matter.

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LIFI22: What Can You Laugh About?

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