Why Standups Are Like Strippers

The Edinburgh Festival is underway in Scotland. Stephanie Merritt notices a high degree of nudity in the Fringe, and offers a few theories as to why stand-up comedians are like strippers. The money quote is from comedian Brett Goldstein (pictured): ‘Being a standup comedian is very much like being a stripper. We both create a false intimacy with the audience. We both go home empty and alone at the end of the night. And we both pretend to care about our clients.’

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