Elton was once described as one of our 'most popular and controversial' comics (contradiction or paradox?). Unfortunately, this is only half-true, like saying, 'One Direction are shit-hot.' There was nothing edgy about his act: knob gags, 'Fartie's Guides' to the banality of existence, and on the rare occasion he did tackle a bigge, it was so twee and nice-little me: Sexisms is BAD! Unemployfulness is BAD TOO! The environment is IMPORTANTING! He never had the insight of Sayle, the awareness of Hicks, or even the abrasiveness of Dice Clay. And this is an observation, not a criticism.
'Good evening ladies and gennelmen, my name's Ben Elton and tonight I'm gonna go for some seriously controversial and provocative and dangerous comedy so if you're easily offended leave the room 'cos I'm not afraid to be daring and cutting-edge and contentious so here goes... KNOB! WILLY! FART!.... Well I understand some people may be offended by that routine. But gotta respect women and look after the environment and unwedge my tongue from Andrew Lloyd Webber's anus. My name's Ben Elton, good night!'