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COMEDY adoption SHOW

Comedy & adoption are rarely put together in the same sentence..!


My journey started firstly back in 2006 when I spoke on SKY news, Newsnight and Channel 4 about Madonna's overseas adoption, and then again in 2012 when the government changed the law on the race and culture matching concept that left many children without families.


Many broadcasts followed then I had honour to meet and become friends with the brilliant Dr Perlita Harris who asked me to contribute a chapter in her book 'Chosen'.  She combines the voices

and stories of transracial adoptees to create a powerful book revealing a unique perspective of the adoptee experience.



I knew I had to explore my own story further and combine it with the wealth of knowledge I had now gleaned from others shared experiences. The result was 'Spot the Difference' the first comedy adoption show of it's kind!


Humour is a great way to share this amazing concept with others, families to young adults often approach me after the show with a desire to adopt themselves.

I toured the show from 2016 - 2017 taking it to comedy festivals such as Leicester, Derby, Swindon, Hitchin and Streatham to name a few. 

Universities such as Goldsmiths, Nottingham Trent University and Leicester. 


Adoption organisations such as First4Adoption, The Cornerstone Partnership and BAAF. 

I still perform the show for events often combining it with a talk about my experiences, studies and love of this all too challenging and complex subject. If you are interested in booking this show for your event/talk/conference then please do get in touch.

Currently, I am working with Social Work England on their new regulatory practices concerning adoption, fostering and care.

Spot The Difference is stand-up comedian Joy Carter's comedy adoptin show. Still touring since 2016
The first words I said to my new white adopted family was ‘Who are you?’..

'Funny, intriguing, entertaining, respectful, you took the audience on a fluid journey of comedy that made them believe the story was theirs as much as yours’ 


Philippe Granger, CEO Rushey Green Time bank

‘Her warmth, passion and incredibly high energy levels captured the audience’s imagination’


Dr Sharon Lockyer, Director at Centre for Comedy Studies Research, Brunel University

'Adoption fostering and care effect a quarter of the population. Cancer a third. We have to do more to get the stories out into society to challenge stereotypes, raise awareness and inspire the next generation. I believe humour is a powerful door.'


Joy Carter


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