Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Secrets Of Comedy

The Times does a feature called "The Secrets of Comedy" - a comedian picks one word defining the secret of comedy, then a further 150+ arguing for that choice. This is what I wrote, think it'll be published this month or early February.

COMEDY IS EVERYTHING by Jo Caulfield

Comedy is misdirection: I went into PC World to buy some more memory. For my Grandad.
Comedy is truth: Hazel Blears does look like Ron Weasley’s mum.
Comedy is topical: Hazel who??
Comedy is surrealism: Boris Johnson is the Mayor of London.
Comedy holds up a mirror and shows the world as it really is: A Catholic Priest, a Jewish Rabbi and a Muslim Imam were trapped on a desert island … thereby making the world a safer place for the rest of us.
Comedy is anger: the walls in my flat are so thin you can hear the neighbours listening to me and my husband screaming at each other.
Comedy is never having to say you’re sorry. Didn’t mean to write that. Sorry.
Comedy can only be performed by men. According to female journalists.
Comedy is not Amanda Holden. Never was. Never will be.
Comedy is everything. Whatever you want. And a surprise ending. Rosebud.

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