The late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: a great loss to British comedy

An inspiration: Margaret Thatcher

Yesterday, I was talking to an anonymous person I shall call ‘Chris’ because that is nothing like their real name and it could be either a man or a woman.

Chris is an ex-comedian.

I was talking to Chris about political comedy. There is not a lot of it about any more.

Chris left comedy, let us say, in the 1990s because – to an extent – he/she was disillusioned. There was not enough ‘serious’ comedy around. People had stopped making points in comedy. And alternative comedy, said Chris, had stopped being alternative.

“There used to be mixed bills,” Chris told me. “Odd variety acts, political comedians, gag-based comedians, poetry, a bit of music. Now it’s all interchangeable stand-up acts trying to get on radio and TV. It’s all gone bland. There’s no difference between the type of comedy in clubs and the type of comedy on TV.”

Margaret Thatcher, Chris told me, had been great for comedy because she made Chris – and many other comedians – really angry.

“I hated Thatcher,” Chris told me.

“But,” I said, “can’t you get angry now? You’ve got a Conservative government and you’re not a Conservative voter… The Prime Minister and the Chancellor are both posh public school educated millionaire toffs, which Margaret Thatcher was not – she was a shopkeeper’s daughter… And you’ve just been going on to me about unfair employment legislation… There’s unemployment and a bad economic situation.”

“But,” said Chris, “I can’t get angry about it the way I got angry when Thatcher was Prime Minister.”

“Why?” I asked.

“I hated her.”

“What about the economic situation at the moment?” I asked.

“It’s worse abroad,” Chris said.

“What about the posh boy Prime Minister and Chancellor?” I asked.

“I can’t hate them,” Chris said. “I can only dislike them.”

“When you were a comedian,” I said, “I guess you were struggling financially and it was difficult to survive on comedy. Now you could afford to be a comedian because you have a steady day job and you could perform comedy in the evening without having to rely on the money you may not make from it.”

“I just don’t feel angry,” Chris said. “I used to feel angry.”

“Does your day job satisfy you?” I asked.

“No,” said Chris.


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2 responses to “The late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: a great loss to British comedy

  1. Recently, I listened to some middle-class twat wittering on, in a bigoted, uninformed manner, about the undeserving, layabout poor, and scroungers on disability benefits.

    They ended with the usual caveat, so beloved of so many nowadays:

    “And everyone I know agrees”

    Of course, they do. They’re all middle-class, reactionary cunts … just like you

    The strange phenomenon where people extrapolate their own life, their own friends, and their own highly subjective notions, to be a barometer for how things are, and then make sweeping generalisations based on this limited data, never ceases to amuse me

    Chris sounds like a real middle-class whiner to me, John

    Things are worse than ever, out in the realworld … and there’s plenty to be angry about

    There are just as many “political” comedians and poets and performers out there as ever, but not in Chris’s immediate vicinity, obviously … and Chris probably doesn’t go out chasing new experience like he did in his/she younger days either

    Sounds exactly like those fannies who complain there are “no good bands anymore”… primarily because they’ve stopped being active in listening to the wide range of new music out there, and prefer to pine, nostalgically, for the good old days, which never really existed anyway, and were themselves a strictly subjective view based on their own youth, and its subjective experience

    Poetry slams in Bristol, small comedy clubs in Leeds and Dundee, vidclips on Youtube, variety nights in Newcastle, etc, etc … or don’t those wee rebels who fan the flames of dissent outside the London postcode areas matter?

    Tell Chris to stop moaning and get ANGRY … get fukkin angry, … there’s damn good reason to … and stop blaming today’s culture for his/her lazy, self-indulgent apathy

    Chris … you’re a whiney cunt

    Angry yet?

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