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Stand-Up: Jamie MacDonald - 'Designated Driver'

Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster University LA1 4YW

Jamie MacDonald presents Designated Driver

Named as one to watch on the BBC Hot Talent List for 2017, blind Glaswegian comedian Jamie MacDonald is powering his way through the obstacle strewn world of stand-up comedy to perform at Lancaster Arts on Friday 2nd February at 8pm in the Nuffield Theatre.

37-year-old Jamie MacDonald is a stand-up comedian, writer and voiceover artist who just happens to be blind.  Jamie started losing his sight in his early teens when he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a progressive degenerative retinal disease which will eventually leave him totally blind. On how his disability affects his comedy, Jamie says, “It’s easy to find the misery in disability; it’s much more interesting to find the fun in it”.

MacDonald’s blindness flavours his comedy but doesn’t define it. That said, he has found that being blind allows him to extract comedy from lesser explored areas; like the jealousy he feels towards laboratory mice with 20/20 vision and the humiliating range of clothing and accessories sold by the RNIB.

Despite his prognosis, Jamie completed an Ancient History degree at St. Andrews University and a Law degree at Aberdeen University and became a corporate banker for Bank of Scotland in London.  Whilst there Jamie succumbed to the pull of the stage and gave his first performance at an open mic night at the Comedy Café in Shoreditch. Designated Driver is Jamie’s fifth solo comedy show: critically acclaimed at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, it was also listed as one of ‘The Best Shows of 2017’.   Jamie has also recently appeared in BBC TVs ‘Scot Squad’.

Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver will be performed at Lancaster Arts on Friday 2nd February at 8pm. Tickets are available from or by calling the box office on 01524 594151 weekdays between 12-5pm.

For ages 16+