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Comedy under attack

With performers facing pressure from all sides, and working against a backdrop darker than the darkest satire, how to rescue the art form?

By Marie Le Conte  

Photo: Pixabay

What does it take to be funny about politics? From newspaper columns to television panels, those who manage to turn current affairs into gags have long performed an important national service, but times are tough.

Have I Got News for You has grown increasingly stale, the new Spitting Image is so far more miss than hit, and even Twitter, once the ideal repository for quick wit, is now more boxing ring than stand-up gig.

“The humour has got darker and darker to the point where sometimes I…

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