The Easily Excitables. A Glance At Live Studio Audiences

January 19, 2012

The Easily Excitables. A Glance At Live Studio Audiences

Adam Lovejoy writes from London: Have you ever seen ‘members of a live studio audience’, as they are called, at close range? No? Well I have and it’s not a pretty sight, I can tell you that. It happened outside BBC Broadcasting House on Regent Street. So that you know, the BBC records some of its humorous radio shows there, in front of live audiences. Most of these shows are not very good, but you would never know it by the rapturous applause and bursts of near hysterical laughter that live studio audiences produce. Anyway, there I was, minding my own business, when a crowd of overly exited people ejaculated, if you pardon the expression, from Broadcasting House’s main entrance, flowing in the direction of the nearest Tube station. Everything was strange about these... 

The Easily Excitables. A Glance At Live Studio Audiences

November 1, 2011

The Easily Excitables. A Glance At Live Studio Audiences

Adam Lovejoy writes from London: Have you ever seen ‘members of a live studio audience’, as they are called, at close range? No? Well I have and it’s not a pretty sight, I can tell you that. It happened outside BBC Broadcasting House on Regent Street. So that you know, the BBC records some of its humorous radio shows there, in front of live audiences. Most of these shows are not very good, but you would never know it by the rapturous applause and bursts of near hysterical laughter that live studio audiences produce. Anyway, there I was, minding my own business, when a crowd of overly exited people ejaculated, if you pardon the expression, from Broadcasting House’s main entrance, flowing in the direction of the nearest Tube station. Everything was strange about these... 

Taking The Piss Humour Is A Scream, Say Comedians. Ain’t No Mines On That Minefield

August 5, 2011

Taking The Piss Humour Is A Scream, Say Comedians. Ain’t No Mines On That Minefield

Chris Gray writes from Tripoli: Taking the piss humour has been overwhelmingly voted as the best form of entertainment by the majority of comedians. Toilet jokes, irrelevant observations and indiscriminate swearing were singled out as the best possible ways of raising a laugh in a survey conducted by IMTCC, a polling organisation that is not very well known among the general public, but is highly respected by experts. The survey was commissioned by the Libyan dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, a great connoisseur of taking the piss jokes and of observational comedy. Mr Gaddafi, who is now finding himself under serious pressure to actually become a stand-up comedian, instead of a tyrant, is credited to be the first world leader whose sense of humour has become imprinted on his face. He’s... 

Laughing At Things That Aren’t Funny. And Watching Rubbish On The Box

August 4, 2009

Laughing At Things That Aren’t Funny. And Watching Rubbish On The Box

What the hell is wrong with some people? A lot of people, actually? Millions and millions of people, to be exact. It just beggars belief what they consider to be funny or entertaining when they browse on the Internet or watch the box at home. Let us start with the ‘funny stuff’ on the web: why is it that absolutely stupid things make a lot of people laugh? Like that clip showing a man dressed as a gorilla – I stress here that it is a man dressed as a gorilla and not a real gorilla – playing the drums to Phil Collin’s 1980s hit, In The Air Tonight. More than 20 million people a month – that is 20,000,000 people – have been looking up the clip last year and laughing heartily. The clip has featured in an ad campaign for Cadbury’s Dairy Milk – mercifully...