14 March 2018

The comic genius of Ken Dodd

He had one ambition in life and he achieved it: to make people laugh.

1 March 2018

Suing stand-ups: the latest free-speech battle

Comedians must be free to make jokes about whatever and whoever they like.

1 February 2018

Comedy should never be a safe space

Geoff Norcott on the PC Mary Whitehouses killing humour.

19 January 2018

The one where millennials don’t have a sense of humour

Applying PC standards to sitcoms is a surefire way to kill comedy.

13 November 2017

Louis CK and the rise of Sexual Stalinism

Like a disgraced commissar, his work is scrubbed from the record.

27 September 2017

Mel Brooks and the philistinism of PC

Think edgy material has no place in comedy? Watch Blazing Saddles.

11 September 2017

Easily offended hecklers are ruining comedy

Even comedians are now being shouted at for being ‘offensive’.

18 August 2017

‘I’m never going to have an audience who looks like me’

Shazia Mirza on butt plugs, Brexit and breaking the rules.

17 August 2017

‘Total agreement is the end of thought’

The Majority at the National Theatre probes modern political activism.