When satire dies

“If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others ?”

  • Voltaire, Candide.

2020 to date has been no laughing matter. For roughly 52% of the audience of alleged comedian Marcus Brigstocke, the years 2016 to 2020 have hardly been a laugh riot either. Unfunny woke comedian Brigstocke, long a fixture of the BBC “comedy” schedule, was one of the first to report to the media that his stridently anti-Brexit “humour” wasn’t working. It turns out that roughly half of audiences outside the London metropolitan bubble resent paying to be insulted by a “comedian” whose views they simply don’t share. Now, however, there are early signs of a rapprochement between Remainers and Leavers, if the latest edition of Geoff Norcott’s excellent What Most People Think podcast (parental advisory rating for some occasional fruity language) is any guide. Brigstocke is a guest on this week’s edition.

When satire dies