Nigel Farage And Stewart Lee’s Laugh In: With Straight Man Andrew Lawrence
ANDREW Lawrence writes on BBC bias in comedy:
Can’t help but notice increasingly, a lot ‘political’ comedians cracking cheap and easy gags about UKIP, to the extent that it’s got hack, boring and lazy very quickly. Particularly too much moronic, liberal back-slapping on panel shows like Mock The Week where aging, balding, fat men, ethnic comedians and women-posing-as-comedians, sit congratulating themselves on how enlightened they are about the fact that UKIP are ridiculous and pathetic…
Out of touch, smug, superannuated, overpaid TV comics with their cosy lives in their west-London ivory towers taking a supercilious, moralising tone, pandering to the ever-creeping militant political correctness of the BBC with their frankly surreal diversity targets…
There is a deeply ingrained militant liberal politics at every level of the BBC, despite the fact that it’s tax-payer funded and supposed to be neutral. It’s a biased organisation and the only sorts of political comedians that are welcome within its corridors are those that reflect it’s values.
UKIP leader Nigle Farage complains:
Stewart Lee responds:
Jokes about the Ukips are, according to Farage, “low-hanging fruit” for people who misunderstand the Ukips. “Aren’t comedians supposed to be witty and subversive?” he asked, before citing four comedians – Carlin, Pryor, Mayall and Rivers – our generation should learn from. All four are conveniently recently dead, otherwise they would be involved in the same kind of panicked damage-limitation exercises currently performed by any musician David Cameron confesses fondness for.
You don’t need to be part of a liberal media elite controlling the flow of information to find the Ukips funny. They are funny because David Silvester said gay marriage had caused flooding in the Thames basin; because Godfrey Bloom assaulted a reporter with a conference brochure and condemned aid to “bongo bongo land”; because their celebrity Mike Read sang a pro-Ukips calypso in a West Indian accent; because William Henwood said Lenny Henry should emigrate to a “black country”; because Winston McKenzie has the fame-crazed air of a man who would join a Skrewdriver tribute band if he thought it would get him on Channel 5 news; and because the Ukips’ deputy leader, Paul Nuttalls, is so pleased to be the centre of attention he sports the perpetual expression of a baby that has just used a potty for the first time, holding up his arse muck delightedly for his parents to coo over…
Let this Imaginary Liberal Comedy Cabal will itself into existence. And when our liberal grandchildren ask us: “What did you do in the war, grandperson of indeterminate gender?” we can say: “I said Paul Nuttalls was like a baby doing a poo.” Come at us. For we are slayers, of gigantic melancholy and gigantic mirth, coming hither, killing the rooms, night after night, microphones in hand. And we will crush your constituencies under our sandalled feet. We will see you driven before us like the dust, and scattered to the four winds. And we will hear the mewling of your followers, and we will rejoice in the lamentations of your German women.
Whose laughing now..?