The ‘stand-up ’ comedy routine is a familiar device for the reflection and analysis of human relationships. Delivered as a popular form of entertainment, the comic’s observations are driven by their own social experience; informed by a sense of who they are and how they relate to a world they share with their audience. Their ‘local’ views on the ‘big’ issues of relationships— sexuality, race, class and politics— mark their stories as funny and potentially insightful.

In Comic Battle, three individual comedians are filmed competing against each other in a ‘stand- up’ battle. Filmed delivering their routine in an ambiguous performance space, each of the three comics simultaneously present their act to camera. The comic’s routines are determined by a list of topics given to them by Common Culture, each performer delivers his own version of a joke, battling to out do the other performers.