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Where Are All The Right-Wing Comics?

Stewart Lee is either the world's 41st best ever stand-up or 'a sneering tosser' (and many other epithets besides), depending on who you ask.

Whatever your position on his comedy, this piece in the New Statesman, which looks at the reasons behind the ostensible dearth of right-wing stand-up comedians, is worth a read. Lee's central thesis - that stand-up comedy is inherently of the left due to the fundamentally underdog nature of the comedian - is an interesting one. It's certainly true that even during the Labour administration of 1997-2010, critiques of the Government from the stand-up scene were usually focused on it not being left wing enough...

An interesting perspective, in any case, and food for thought - read the whole piece here.

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