Will Preston

Nothing but shockingly bad comedy

by on Nov.04, 2009, under Opinion

So all over Facebook, BBC and the pubs of my hometown, loyal fans of ‘Mock The Week’ are bleating about the departure of one trick pony, Frankie Boyle. Yes, it seems that his blunt humour will be sorely missed by fans of the show, but is it really a loss? Boyle’s humour was witless shock humour with jabs at Kerry Katona mixed in for unfunny combinations, but yet he got easy laughs. Of course one of the basis’s of comedy is dancing around subjects that most people would awkwardly cough at, but a good comedian works on presenting their funny take on any subject.

I myself have attempted stand up comedy at a comedy club before, and I make no joke when I tell you it’s a hard art to master. Finding the right subjects to mock and getting a room full of people to laugh at your twisted ideas seems like an almost impossible task. But no matter how long and hard you construct that perfect surreal scenario of satire of spoken monologue that is witty, engaging and appealing to an audience, it’s a shot to the soul to see low brow and frankly (no pun intended)  witless comedians making jokes about perennial subjects that sound all to similar to material that Viz magazine used the previous month. Boyle is more like a modern day Jim Davidson; Shocking, devil may care attitude and highly appealing to people to people who consider Nuts magazine to be a peak of culture.

It’s not the shock humour I’m fighting at; it’s the lazy presentation. If you want to see a stand up do shock humour that is witty whilst hitting the nail, I have a list for you: –

Bill Hicks
George Carlin
Doug Stanhope
Stewart Lee

There are many others, but the fun of exploring entertainment is making the journey yourself. YouTube those names and work your way to a better understanding of what makes good stand up material.

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