2015 Edinburgh Fringe

That's Not Funny! Are Offence-Seekers Killing Comedy?

  • Event (60 minutes)
That's Not Funny! Are Offence-Seekers Killing Comedy?

Kate Copstick, Andrew Doyle, Janey Godley and Shazia Mirza discuss if offence culture is making us all lose our sense of humour.

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Performances

Date Time Venue
17th Aug 16.00 The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4

Press articles

We comedians must stand up for free speech

An Edinburgh Fringe veteran says comics have got complacent.

Andrew Doyle, Spiked, 14th August 2015

Being called out for your sexism is not censorship

When I saw that the assistant editor of Spiked magazine had written an article for Chortle I almost exploded with raw sexual hunger. Barely able to contain my enthusiasm I ran across the room, tripped over my many volumes of Atlas Shrugged and hit my head on the coffee table, sending me straight into a coma - a magical dream world where Operation Yewtree itself is considered worse than Savile's crimes, global warming is a conspiracy of political double standards to raise taxes and Spiked magazine produce one article that isn't a steaming pile of turgid pig shit.

Benjamin Alborough, Chortle, 12th August 2015

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From the campaign to oust lad comedian Dapper Laughs from his ITV2 show to the banning of feminist stand-up Kate Smurthwaite at Goldsmiths University, the comic's right to probe, to jibe and to banter is under threat.

In this free one-off debate Kate Copstick, Andrew Doyle, Janey Godley and Shazia Mirza will discuss if offence culture is making us all lose our sense of humour.

Should comedians self-censor to avoid offending their audience? Or should they be free to joke about what they want?

The debate is organised by the online magazine Spiked.

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