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L Scott

  • Tuesday 16th July 2019, 8:04pm
  • England
  • 4 posts

What are the laws you have to follow as a comedian?

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beaky

  • Tuesday 16th July 2019, 8:41pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,537 posts

Be true to yourself.

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Rood Eye

  • Tuesday 16th July 2019, 11:10pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,413 posts
Quote: L Scott @ 16th July 2019, 8:04 PM

What are the laws you have to follow as a comedian?

Basically, you have to follow the same laws you'd have to follow if you were not a comedian.

Don't kill anybody, don't steal anything, don't exceed the speed limit and that sort of thing: if a law applies to the general public, it also applies to comedians.

The only area of law that you need pay special attention to is "libel": a defamatory remark about a well-known personality made by yourself to a few mates down the local boozer is hardly likely to land you in court but the same remark made to an audience is a very different thing.

If your act includes any slagging off of other people, you need to know what constitutes libel and what doesn't.

For example, if you tell the audience that a well-known psychic, medium or hypnotist is a complete and utter c-word, that's absolutely fine. He can't sue you for that. However, if you tell them he's a fraud, that could be expensive if he finds out what you said and decides to take action.

Apart from that, just be funny and it should all be plain sailing!

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Chris Hallam

  • Friday 9th August 2019, 6:55am
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 215 posts

"The only area of law that you need pay special attention to is "libel": "

You should probably steer clear of national security issues too really, although this rarely comes up.

"a defamatory remark about a well-known personality made by yourself to a few mates down the local boozer is hardly likely to land you in court"
True, although technically it would still be libelous (not that you are claiming otherwise)

"For example, if you tell the audience that a well-known psychic, medium or hypnotist is a complete and utter c-word, that's absolutely fine. He can't sue you for that. However, if you tell them he's a fraud, that could be expensive if he finds out what you said and decides to take action."

If they're a psychic and they DON'T find out, doesn't that prove they are a fraud?

Another clue: nobody in the world is actually psychic.

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Rood Eye

  • Friday 9th August 2019, 9:23am
  • England
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Quote: Chris Hallam @ 9th August 2019, 6:55 AM

nobody in the world is actually psychic.

I knew you were going to say that!