Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Killing Comedy

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Killing Comedy

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There is a ban on comedy flyering in Leicester Square. Westminster Council ha s decided that flyers are litter and that the flyerers - usually anxious baby comedians - 'harass' the tourists. This is ridiculous. Most comedians would scream at their own reflect ion in a pint. Even so, if the council find s any flyer sit will remove the venue's licence . As if comedians did not have enough woes - manic depression, calm depression, depression that is not really depression but suppressed rage, poor rates of pay, joke theft , Frankie Boyle - their solitary reason for living, which is attention, is now at threat .

And this from a council that lets Hollywood premieres clog up the Square (all long lines of glassy limos and stupid actors waving) and allows the Spearmint Rhino lap-dancing club on Tottenham Court Road to stay in business when even liberals think it should be firebombed. …

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