‘Female double acts are funnier as they are silly’
THE former head of the BBC’s comedy division has claimed female double acts are funnier than their male counterparts.
Jon Plowman, who helped bring Absolutely Fabulous to television, said in his experience, comediennes found it easier to relax in performances.
Plowman said male comics spent too long focusing on trying to perfect the “perfect joke” whereas women duos were more inclined to “be silly”.
At the Cheltenham Literary Festival alongside Jennifer Saunders, he said: “Male double acts feel that if they work, write and search hard enough, they’ll find the perfect joke and won’t stop until they do.”
Saunders said she feared for the future of TV comedy because “studios are being demolished and made into expensive flats”. She added: “Comedians are very limited in getting a television studio to make a sitcom.”