Comedy ruined by people with 'Victorian moral code'

Shane Allen

Friday, April 12, 2019

A BBC boss has hit out at social media users who complain about jokes online.

Comedy controller Shane Allen said people with a "Victorian moral code" were ruining British comedy by complaining about jokes without knowing the context.

"There is a Victorian moral code around the way people criticise comedy, especially on social media," he said.

His comments followed the announcement of the British Comedy Foundation, a new venture by the BBC designed to discover new comedic talent.

One of the aims of the group is to focus on engaging, enabling and enriching the underrepresented and underprivileged in the industry.

Comedian Pat Monahan told talkRADIO's Dan Wootton that he agreed with Mr Allen's observations.

"I think everyone thinks that if you have got a platform and you're speaking, you are trying to radicalise people," he said.

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