Nelson’s Column: Keeping an eye on the nation
Havingbeen brought up surrounded by the Jewish community, I appreciate their quirky self-effacing humour. What I didn’t appreciate until recently, however, was that older Jewish comedians never swore. Remember Danny Kaye, Phil Silvers (Sgt. Bilko), Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, George Burns and Allan Sherman? What a pity most modern comedians — I use the word advisedly — don’t follow their example.
Eric Sykes and many other genuinely funny men bemoaned the coarseness and vulgarity prevalent in modern stand-up comics but, happily, Ken Dodd continues to be an inspiration.
Fortunately, you can still enjoy older comedy programmes online at BBC Radio 4 Extra.