It says a lot about the state of British television when all the programmes I watched on Saturday night were nearly forty years old. My viewing last night consisted of Bring Me Morecambe & Wise which I had recorded on Sky+ earlier in the week, a Steptoe & Son Christmas special from 1974 and a Tommy Cooper Christmas special also from 1974. All good, clean fun and guaranteed to make you laugh without being full of smut and swearing.
Most of today’s so-called comedy shows and comedians are not even funny. The only one that can be compared to those old favourites is Peter Kay. Now he is funny. It’s probably because he comes out with things that most people can relate to – the daft things that people say and do. When you watch his live performances on TV or DVD, the camera picks up people in the audience laughing and pointing at the person sitting next to them as if to say “that’s what you do!”
Too many of today’s ‘comedians’ seem to think the only way to be funny is to swear too much and continually talk about sex. They’re not funny, they are just annoying. Give me Morecambe & Wise any day.