Joseph Parsons:

An hour of stand up about growing up as a gay sports fan and LGBTQ+ issues in sport.
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Joseph Parsons presents his debut hour of stand up comedy. As an energetic and natural story teller, Parsons promises a passionate hour of comedy about LGBTQ equality in sport, body image and coming to terms with his own sexuality.

Growing up as a closeted gay sports fanatic in a small seaside town in the West Country, Parsons (who, as a child, managed to eat two tubes of Jaffa cakes in one sitting) always wanted to be an elite athlete. Why his ambitions have never been met is a mystery. Maybe it could have been the fact that in the last 2 years of school, he chose to go bowling for “P.E”.

Despite the lack of his own sporting success, sport still plays a huge part in his life. But why are there so few publicly out LGBTQ sports stars? With UEFA banning the illumination of the rainbow flag on a German stadium, whilst simultaneously championing equality in Wembley; how are sports biggest organisations scoring so many own goals?

Parsons looks towards those changing the face of the game in the hope for a brighter future.

“Extremely Likeable” – The Stand Newcastle

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“Very high energy, well-written material"

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