The Comedy Trust launches “Laugh It Off” project to preserve comedy heritage
3 months ago
The Liverpool-based Comedy Trust has announced the launch of its groundbreaking initiative, the “Laugh It Off” Project.
Funded by National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF) the project is aimed at preserving and celebrating the rich heritage of comedy in our City. With a vision to safeguard the diverse and vibrant legacy of laughter, this pioneering project will support and promote the preservation of comedy artifacts, performances, and cultural traditions for future generations to enjoy.
Comedy has long been an integral part of Liverpool’s cultural identity, shaping our society by offering moments of joy and reflection and playing a major part in our city’s resilience in times of adversity. Recognising the importance of safeguarding this precious heritage, the NHLF has committed significant resources and expertise to the “Laugh It Off” Project, ensuring the long-term preservation and accessibility of comedy-related artifacts and materials.
In addition to preserving physical artifacts, the “Laugh It Off” Project will actively engage with comedians, writers, performers, and comedy enthusiasts to document their experiences, anecdotes, and insights. Through oral history interviews, workshops, and community events, the project will ensure that the stories and voices of those who have contributed to our comedy heritage are captured and shared, creating a comprehensive and inclusive narrative.
The Comedy Trust will be partnering with Liverpool’s Royal Court, Liverpool Archive Office, Museums of Liverpool, Sir Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation and Knotty Ash Productions throughout the project to deliver key outputs across the three years culminating in the creation of a new ‘Laugh It Off’ Youth Club.
Lead by young people across Liverpool, the ‘Laugh It Off’ Youth Club will develop archives, recordings, and interactive resources that will be made available to comedy aficionados, researchers, and the general public; including live performances and a mobile exhibition allowing attendees to explore, learn, and appreciate the richness of our comedic traditions.
The “Laugh It Off” Project represents a significant step forward in the NHLF’s commitment to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the United Kingdom. By fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of comedy’s historical and social significance, this initiative will ensure that the laughter that has resonated through the ages continues to resonate for generations to come.