Ben Delicious writes from London: It’s no laughing matter: after a long illness caused by political correctness and left-wing bias British mainstream comedy has died in its sleep, surrounded by all the usual suspects who have made it bland, irrelevant and unfunny. The death was not announced officially, to avoid panic among the masses who still seem to think that comedy in Britain is alive and kicking, packing stadiums and large concert halls and laughing hysterically at flat jokes or any F-word or C-word thrown at them. And although stand-up comedians these days make loads of money from their gigs and videos, I would struggle to name any one of them who would qualify for the title of a funny comedian: they are boring, unimaginative buffoons who avoid saying anything that might upset the liberal mob who seems to be calling the shots in the world of entertainment.
The BBC played a crucial role in killing off British mainstream comedy. It’s left-wing bias prevented it from making any decent comedy series and its so-called ‘satirical’ shows resembled promotional material for the Labour Party, with comedians having a go at the Tories most of the time even though they were in opposition for most of the time this century.
The big problem with comedians in Britain, both stand-ups and sit-downs and ones who show their mugs on the box with frightening regularity, is that there are still people out there who laugh at what they say. Yes, unfortunately there’s a hard-core audience of dimwits who are prepared to laugh at anything as long as it comes under the heading ‘comedy’ and is delivered in a silly voice. Any mention of bodily functions makes these connoisseurs of comedy roar with laughter, as if there’s something hilariously funny about sitting on the bog or farting.
I’ll tell you a little secret: comedians use swearing to squeeze a laugh out of their audiences. They know that people would laugh at anything if there’s an F-word inserted in there, time after time after time. That giant of British comedy, Billy Connolly, made his whole career on swearing. There’s nothing even remotely funny about him, but he swears all the time and it works for him. Just as it works for many other ‘stars’ of stand-up comedy, who get away with abysmal material, all based on the F-word.
And another thing that British comedians use a lot to get away with their trashy material is political correctness. Yes, if they can’t get their audiences to laugh at their stuff, they go for PC in a big way and hope that they can get away with anything. And so these sad clowns start going down hard on racism and tell stories of how they were racially abused themselves or how their sincere atheist feelings were hurt by ‘religious zealots’ or how their drinking and drug taking were not properly understood. This gets an immediate reaction from the PC freaks in the audience, who start cheering and applauding. And that is the cheapest and lowest way to score points in comedy, but it works because political correctness has become a religion among some people, who find stating the bleeding obvious and getting easily offended comforting and soothing.
And once PC becomes overwhelming in comedy, out of the window goes political satire. Yes, political satire in Britain died when that chancer Tony Blair and his New Labour commissars weaselled their way into power. It was as if a power break had hit comedy the moment that creep walked into 10 Downing Street, with comedians refusing to have a go at the government and cracking jokes solely at the expense of the opposition. Bizarre? You bet it is, but that is how Blair and his henchmen managed to get away with things for which they should have been laughed out of power. British political satire stands accused of sucking up to Blair and turning its act into a politically correct horror show. And the same goes for the current ridiculous coalition of socialists, who pose as Tories, and the Liberal Democrats, who are just about as fit to be in government as a bunch of nutters who’ve escaped from a loony bin. And yet the comedy crowd is being soft on them. Why? Because they are no different from New Labour and peddle all the same crap that sends the PC brigade into an orgasm. Just you wait till this lot causes some serious damage to Britain.
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