As a child of the ‘80’s—well, technically I was born in the ‘70’s but came of age in the ‘80’s—I remember the comedy boom of that era when almost every bar or nightclub had regular standup comedy, comedy clubs popped up all over the place, and you could go see a movie of a famous comedian’s standup act and before it started in between the trailers there’d be an ad for a local comedy club that included a few comedy bits.
And then the boom exploded. Most of the clubs closed and while standup continues to thrive on television and the internet live comedy is no longer as ubiquitous as it was.
A side effect of that, although I think the internet has helped, is that comedy has spread out. Since the boom we’ve seen at least a couple of new generations of comics who are more diverse, including Andi Osho, whose birthday is today. Being British with Nigerian parents she might not have gotten much attention in the ’80’s–even with the boom standup was still largely a guys’ club–but now I think of her as representative of how standup has gone global.
And she’s just hilarious.