Herbert Laffing-Stocke the almost famous Left-wing stand-up comedian last night spoke frankly for the first time about his loss of faith.
Speaking at Harpo’s, medialand’s favourite watering-hole, Laffing-Stocke said:
My career began, of course, back in the very early days of the alternative comedy scene. Of course, it was all so much easier, so straightforward, in those days. You just had to do five to ten minutes on Thatcher and the Evil Tories and you were almost guaranteed top billing.
Then once you got that top billing at the most fashionable London comedy clubs then it was only a matter of time before the BBC heard about you, and then you were in and made for life. Well, as long as you carried on with the Right is evil and the Left will – one day - be the saviour of all humanity shtick, of course.
Any deviation from that would, obviously, mean the end of your radio and TV career.
At this point Laffing-Stocke nodded towards a gap on the wall of Harpo’s where – it is rumoured to this day – a portrait photograph of Ben Elton in his Saturday Night Live ’Evil Thatch’ days once hung.
‘Happy days,’ he said. ‘Simpler times.’ Shaking his head, Laffing-Stocke was silent for a while as he built up the considerable courage he needed in order to say what he said next:
Of course, we were young, naïve, foolish even. We thought the Left had all the answers, all the correct –politically-correct, that is - answers. We should have seen the signs back then, of course, there was political correctness, militant feminism, diversity and all that back then of course, but we just thought it was a sort of natural over-reaction to be having to live under the brutal Evil Tory dictatorship and that once we had – through the power of comedy and rock music – overcome the evil ones, then paradise on earth would arise for everyone.
Then we had to go and spoil it all and actually elect a sodding Labour government. So, after Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Jack Straw, Dirty Harry Harman, Dick Dastardly of Foy and all the others, I just don’t see the point of being a Left wing comedian any more.
Here Laffing-stocke drained his drink, sighed, took a deep breath and said:
My mother-in-law is so fat….