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18th December 2010
This was almost 60 years ago, in 1951, when Frank Sinatra was young. I’ve never seen this guy before. His name’s Larry Griswold and he was the co-inventor of the trampoline. (Wikipedia)
Before today’s popular so-called TV talent shows, which frankly get away with murdering the arts, this was what we used to call ‘talent’.
I want to ask you something. No, in all seriousness. I am interested. In a slightly funny sort of way.
Do you really laugh or even smile at today’s comedy? Sorry, but it’s not funny. Hardly ANY of it, with a few honourable exceptions.
I heard something which describes itself as a satirical comedy show last night on Radio 4, as I was compiling my Christmas card list at the old slave-driver.
Suitably called “The Now Show” – confirming what I think of comedy NOW!
Well – LAUGH? I thought I’d never start. So Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis didn’t disappoint me. I didn’t even smile. Wasn’t even tempted. Not once.
It really is NOT funny to pretend this is a comedy show, even a satirical comedy show, when in fact it is no more than an extreme left and anti-right political platform. Well, it IS the BBC. There may well be plenty of criticism to be at directed at the EDL and at the BNP. In fact I am sure there is, but this is not comedy. The day these unbalanced luvvies make a joke out of these wallies we can take their satire seriously, as it were.
So, the NOW SHOW last night? Dreadful is not the word. Atrocious. Appalling. Awful… and that’s only descriptive words starting with “a”.
Now here’s satire for you. With talent. These guys, older in the tooth, though still I think of the variety that think British/western policy is the reason for the world’s problems, can manage satire without personal attacks and with a bit of style. Today’s so-called satirists should try it.
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