‘Fe­male dou­ble acts are fun­nier as they are silly’

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Katie French and Anita Singh

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.”

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