That's Not Funny! Are Offence-Seekers Killing Comedy?
|17th Aug||16.00||The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4|
An Edinburgh Fringe veteran says comics have got complacent.Andrew Doyle, Spiked, 14th August 2015
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
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.
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.