Over the Christmas break there were calls by The Amalgamated Union of Comedians, Humorists and Satirists for a ‘return to sensible levels of ‘Political Correctness Gone Mad’ after a council announced a ban on a bingo caller saying things that some in the audience could find ‘offensive’.
A spokeswoman for TAUCHS said:
Obviously we don’t want to call for a total ban on these ‘Political Correctness Gone Mad’ pronouncements as quite a number of our members make quite a reasonable living from them, but when they tip over into this level of… well, extreme parody then our hard-working members, many of whom – by the way – have families to support, will have trouble thinking of anything more absurd than these pronouncements in order to point out the stupidity of them. Not only that, of course, there is a clear demarcation issue here with the public bodies, and those others, who make these pronouncements clearly entering into the realms of surreal humour which clearly belongs to our members.
After failing to find someone on the BBC’s Comedy Department to talk to him, our reporter eventually resorted to speaking to someone from the BBC’s benevolent home for worn-out 80s-style student political ‘comedy’ The Now Show, who said:
One of our writers wrote something about this bingo thing being an actual case of ‘Political correctness gone ma… ma….’ Sorry, I can’t say it; it just won’t come out of my mouth. Anyway, one of our writer’s wrote a sketch about it, but obviously we can’t say anything which is a bit ideologically suspect like that and keep working for the BBC.
Also, quite simply, neither we nor our audience would be able to understand it and get the joke. Obviously, though, out of solidarity with our brothers –and, of course, sisters - in the union we must support this action, even though it contradicts all we hold dear in that it is only ever stuff done by the evil Tories that is intrinsically ‘funny’ to us, even when it does make sense to everyone else.
The spokeswoman for TAUCHS also went on to say:
Also, we would call on the UK government to restrict announcements from Harriet Harman’s so-called ‘Equality Agenda’, as many of our members feel that this ‘agenda’ is a clear breach of the agreed boundaries between government policy and comedy, an agreement that this government has already breached far too many times in the last 12 years.
Asked to comment, Harriet Harman said:
Actually, originally, I really wanted to be a comedian, but at my first gig, I was booed off the stage within the first five seconds. A bit later, at the Labour Party conference, I did the same routine, but with slightly fewer knob gags, and got a standing ovation. Next thing I knew I was deputy leader of the party. So I got out all my old jokes from my comedy routine, dusted them off and turned them into my Equality Agenda policy. Oooh, I’m Harriet Harman. Thank you and Good night.