Quote: Harridan @ September 1 2012, 1:46 AM BST
Jesus! How much do I have to watch to be familiar with his work?! Do you have to live in his shed to call youself a 'fan'?
You're right, I wasn't aware of the zionist stance of Mock the Week?
Cloche hats are cool. Like bow ties.
But seriously, I do find his form of 'edgy' humour outdated. Saying the unsayable is only interesting if no one's said it. Jimmy Carr beat him to those jokes years ago and he's hardly the most cutting edge comedian.
This is like trying to explain Shakespeare to a porpoise.
Or perhaps like trying to explain the Beatles to someone who's only heard Please Please Me.
Jimmy Carr makes topical and cock and fanny jokes and no doubt he hopes to shock, but he has no political stance, no persona and no agenda.
Boyle may have started out on Mock the Week telling jokes a bit like Carr's but he has pushed on to develop a liberal-baiting agenda and a vicious, media-unfriendly persona. Told he couldn't use the word motherf**ker more than twice in his show he coined the term fatherf**ker. His catchphrase from Tramadol Nights was "I'll show you heavy, fatherf**ker'. And that is exactly what he is about - knocking down liberal, hippie (heavy) PC bullshit.
I've read an Israeli army manual and now I know 67 ways to kick an elderly Palestinian woman in the back.
He also told that joke on R4 and the BBC apologised for it! There isn't a single mainstream comedian in Britain who would tell an anti-israeli joke, of any strength, let alone one as pointed as that and that's what makes him a radical comedian.
I can understand why you think it's 'outdated' - it's very different from your aloof, disingenuous style of writing. I doubt Frankie would think bow ties were cool and he'd probably take a piss in the Well of Loneliness.