A night of eye-watering laughter

The logo for Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say: Upon a black background, a pupil in the middle of the image is outlined with the words 'Eye Say Eye Say Eye Say' bolded and in white, in the shape of an eye. Small, multicoloured stars surround the eye on the two top corners of the image.

On Saturday 17 October, thirteen visually impaired comedians took to the stage for a livestreamed covert comedy show, Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! as part of Bloomsbury Festival!

The comedians reflected on everything from lockdown, personal hygiene, the ups and downs of technology to life on the streets of Hackney.

The full show is now available to watch with a £5 donation to Extant. Donate via the link below or by calling us on 020 7820 3737. After donating, we will email you the link to access the event. Your support is vital to help us achieve better equal opportunity for blind and partially sighted people in the performing arts.

From left to right:
A vertical shot of Maverick, a man of African or Caribbean heritage talking into the microphone and grinning; A vertical close up of Amy, a young white woman, from a side perspective. She is spotlighted by stage lights and reading off her iPad with a microphone; A vertical shot of Naqi, a man of South Asian heritage smiling while talking into the microphone

Hear more about our comedians’ thoughts on performing in the event:

“I was delighted to take part in this project and be able to connect with like-minded visually impaired people. I am continually amazed by all that Extant does to promote and support visually impaired performers. In particular offering opportunities to those of us who often get forgotten or find conventional forms of entering the performing world difficult to access.”

I have massive admiration for Extant as an organisation. As for this event, it was really good, highly enjoyable and I’m very grateful to Georgie, Maria, Rhianne, Amy, the helpers and to everyone involved in this project. Congratulations all round, including to the other performers. We put on a great show.

Clockwise from top left:
Stephen, Naqi and Michelle sitting on the front row of the audience, socially distanced. Between them are cardboard cutouts of famous comedians; A side view of the first two rows of the audience and the stage. Ashrafia, a woman of South Asian heritage, is talking into the microphone; A side view of socially distanced audience members sitting, some masked and with face shields, amidst cardboard cutouts of famous comedians; A side view of Maria, a woman of Nigerian heritage, sitting down. She is in the middle of putting on her mask while laughing.

“The biggest highlight for me was going to the first mentor session at Camden People’s Theatre and performing what I had written to other people for the very first time. Even though I knew everyone in the room, and it was a safe space, I was still so nervous and scared. But I delivered it, it went well, I got laughs and some great feedback. This really inspired me and spurred me on to make it better and perform it for a bigger audience”

Clockwise from top left: Stephen, an older white man holds an orange cane and a short piece of rope while talking into the microphone, next to the BSL interpreter; Kirin, a woman of South Asian heritage, appears on video via a projection screen. Ashrafia, a woman of South Asian heritage stands on stage looking at the video screen talking; A close up of Steven, a middle aged white man talking with his mouth open and his microphone held diagonally across his chest; From a perspective behind the tech desk, Michael, an older white man appears via video on a projection screen. A computer on the tech desk shows the same image

“I am a big fan of comedy and have been to numerous open-mic nights, and I was very impressed with the overall level of writing and talent on show at this event.”

“I absolutely loved this project! Thank you to everyone involved for this amazing opportunity and all the wonderful support, which enabled me to realise my lifelong dream of performing stand-up comedy.”

From left to right:
Michelle, a woman of African or Caribbean heritage talks into the microphone. She is gazing diagonally up towards the left of the image; Mark, an older white man, stands on stage talking into the microphone; Samuel, a middle aged white man, talks into the microphone, with his right hand outstretched diagonally up and his fingers spread.

“It was awesome and you guys rock! Thanks so much.”

“Given the current situation and how everything is changing constantly, Extant did an amazing job.”

“Everything was really brilliant, especially the cardboard cut-outs—that really made a difference to us as performers and audience.”

Clockwise from top left: A close up of two computers at the tech desk. On the right screen, Pingwing, a man of African or Carribean heritage appears on video; Chris, a young white man, appears on video via a projection screen. He is pointing up with his right hand and his face is slightly scrunched in thought; Ashrafia, a woman of South Asian heritage, and Georgie, a young white woman, face each other on stage talking to each other; Terry, an older white woman, talks into the microphone with a serious expression and her left hand on her hip.

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