A Right laugh? Not a hope on the BBC

Scottish Daily Mail - - Weekender -

JACK DEE thinks Leftie co­me­di­ans should keep pol­i­tics out of their hu­mour.

He is right that so many now plough one fur­row, it’s like the Eight­ies when all a co­me­dian had to say was ‘Thatcher’ and a swear word to get a rap­tur­ous re­cep­tion. It’s the tech­nique Mhairi Black used to get elected…

But I’m all for sub­ver­sive hu­mour. Hav­ing a go at the gov­ern­ment with­out get­ting your door chapped at 3am is a sign of a civilised, ma­ture so­ci­ety.

What I don’t like is the BBC giv­ing air­time ex­clu­sively to Leftie fun­ny­men and women. Is there re­ally no room for, say, Al Mur­ray’s Pub Land­lord, pic­tured?

He’s the fun­ni­est comic cre­ation since Alf Gar­nett – su­per­fi­cially so sim­ple and yet a very deep and chal­leng­ing char­ac­ter.

But don’t get me started on The Rus­sell Howard Hour over on Sky.

It is en­tirely based on the idea that the news is so baf­fling, you need Right-On Rus­sell to guide you. Laugh? I thought I’d never start.

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