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132,807.  See the comedian by the very nature of what he is is a troublemaker.  He is an iconoclast, he is a playful troublemaker, a good-natured troublemaker, but a troublemaker.  And therefore he must recognise the existence of certain taboos.  Steve Allen, 1960, cited The History of Comedy s1e2: F****** Funny, Sky Arts 2020   

 

 

29.  God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.  (God & Comedy & Laugh & Audience)  Voltaire

 

 

50,581.  You never have a comedian who hasn't got a very deep strain of sadness within him or her.  Every great clown has been very near to tragedy.  (Sadness & Comedy & Clown)  Margaret Rutherford

 

 

1,073.  The world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those that feel.  (Life’s Like That & Comedy & Think & Tragedy & Feeling & World)  Horace Walpole 1776

 

 

12,884.  Humour about Christianity ranges from gentle mockery, though sharply critical, to the downright hurtful.  (Christian & Humour & Comedy)  Ann Widdecombe, Are You Having a Laugh? Comedy & Christianity, BBC 2013

 

12,885.  Comedy can be a window into the state of our society.  (Christian & Humour & Comedy)  ibid.

 

12,886.  Christianity is now being subject to a level of mockery that some find disturbing.  (Christian & Humour & Comedy)  ibid.

 

12,887.  The mocking of Jesus Christ is deeply hurtful.  (Christian & Humour & Comedy)  ibid.

 

12,888.  Upon the release of The Life of Brian thousands protested.  (Christian & Humour & Comedy)  ibid.

 

12,889.  The change isn’t accidental and it isn’t the product of ignorance, it is deliberate, and it sets out to vilify and to ridicule Christianity and Christian belief.  (Christian & Humour & Comedy)  ibid.

 

12,890.  At its best, comedy can be provocative, truthful and can offer a check and balance for all of us.  (Christian & Humour & Comedy)  ibid.

 

 

21,187.  I’ve always fancied myself as being a comedian.  (GBH Films & Prison & Comedy)  Bronson 2009 starring Tom Hardy & Matt King & James Lance & Amanda Burton & Kelly Adams & Jonathan Phillips & Mark Powley & Joe Tuckeret al, director Nicolas Winding Refn 

 

 

22,635.  I said, Comedy is Tragedy plus Time.  (GBH Films & Comedy)  Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 starring Woody Allen & Martin Landau & Anjelica Huston & Mia Farrow & Alan Alda & Jerry Orbach & Joanna Gleason & Claire Bloom & Sam Waterston & Caroline Aaron et al, director Woody Allen, Alda

 

 

26,443.  I find his [Charlie Chaplin] films about as funny as getting an arrow through the neck and then discovering there’s a gas bill tied to it.  (World War I & Film & Comedy)  Curtis & Elton, Blackadder Goes Forth: Plan C – Major Star

 

26,444.  He certainly is a genius, George.  He invented a way of getting paid a million dollars a year for wearing a pair of stupid trousers.  (World War I & Film & Comedy)  ibid.

 

 

31,032.  Travel back two hundred and fifty years and witness a Britain openly, gloriously and often shockingly rude.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  Rude Britannia I: A History Most Satirical, Bawdy, Lewd and Offensive

 

31,033.  We had a fierce belief in our right to be rude.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,034.  The first chronicler of Georgian rude: William Hogarth.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,035.  Hogarth made Southwark Fair a portrait of the city.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,036.  The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,037.  Henry Fielding – these attacks on political sleaze were even more direct than Gay in The Beggar’s Opera.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,038.  The Law allowed literary bitchin’ to flourish.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,039.  A master of rude words ... Alexander Pope.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,040.  Bawdy humour was at the heart of the success of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Gentleman.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.  

 

31,041.  This was the colourful world of satirical and humorous prints.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,042.  A poet with the rudest reputation in Regency Britain – the devilish Lord Byron.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

 

31,043.  There would always be a different, ruder country.  In Rude Britannia life was celebrated in music halls with bawdy humour and lewd songs.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  Rude Britannia II: Presents Bawdy Songs & Lewd Photographs

 

31,044.  The shock of the rude nude photograph.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Photograph & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,045.  The cheeky carnival of the seaside.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Seaside & Rudeness & Humour & Miscarriages of Justice: McGill)  ibid.

 

31,046.  The alliance of toffs and prolls and a racy night out was a serious threat to Victorian values.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,047.  On the stage rude stars were created.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,048.  Music hall had a tradition of bawdy humour and song that went back centuries.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,049.  A new technology to further undermine Victorian values: photography.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Photography & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,050.  Rude photographs became affordable and available.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Photography & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,051.  Someone with a genius for the rude innuendo now needed was Victoria superstar Marie Lloyd.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Photography & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,052.  Victorian moral reformers argued that music halls linked to prostitution were part of an exploitation of women undermining the morals of the nation.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Women & Prostitution & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,053.  By the Edwardian era there was a new kind of peep-show – the Mutoscope.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,054.  Donald McGill: McGill took a most proper part of daily British life – the postcard – and turned it rude.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Art & Postcard & Rudeness & Humour & Censorship & Miscarriages of Justice)  ibid.

 

31,055.  [Frank] Randle pushed the course humour of the music hall to new levels of anarchic comedic invention.  Frank on stage was wild.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Rudeness & Humour)  ibid.

 

31,056.  During a nationwide ‘back to basics’ campaign by the government of Winston Churchill [cf. maiden Parliament speech] McGill was investigated for obscenity.  (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Art & Postcard & Rudeness & Humour & Censorship & Miscarriages of Justice)  ibid.

 

31,057.  The seventy-nine-year-old artist pleaded guilty to obscenity and was fined £50.  Thousands of his cards were then ordered to be destroyed. (England & Great Britain & Comedy & Art & Postcard & Rudeness & Humour & Censorship & Miscarriages of Justice)  ibid.

 

 

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