A Right laugh? Not a hope on the BBC
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.