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We need to talk about Louis

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As fall from grace go, Louis CK’s has been one of the most spectacular. To anyone in the comedy community, the stories about Louis CK’s predilections for masturbating in front of fellow women comedians was well known. The accusations and admission from Louis,  has come at what feels like a turning point for women who have previously put up with varying degrees of harassment in male dominated entertainment industries. OTL has not personally been the victim of sexual harassment (probably as OTL is middle aged) however OTL has certainly been patronised, insulted and intimidated by both male and female acts in comedy but not sure that’s so different to anyone in any job.

What does make comedy unique is the “workplace”. How many workplaces are workers openly allowed to drink alcohol? Travel to work (comedy car share) is routine comedians bitching about their job, co-workers, employers and audience. The line between jokes and reality become very blurred. It’s not a very “normal” work environment.

OTL is also hardly surprised that the damaged people that do stand up and make people laugh also can have problems with treating others well and with respect.

OTL also would like women in comedy to be empowered enough to handle creeps on and off stage cause lets face all these revelations aren’t suddenly going to stop all the dysfunctional insecure creeps in the world. .

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/11/16/grappling-not-only-with-louis-c-k-but-sexism-and-power-in-comedy/?utm_term=.c4ef18ed4525

Stop being offended, its only a joke!

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“Audiences used to complain that I was highly offensive, so I started washing and using deodorant” Jeannie Jones

Ok, its not the greatest line ever but kinda makes the point that people get offended by all sorts of things and in this day and age it seems to be getting worse.

A member of OTL family used to say “Offence is taken not given”, how OTL laughed when he took offence at someone in France offering him money thinking he was a tramp, forcing him utter the lines “Je ne suis pas un vagrant”.

There are lots of things in life to get offended about, injustice, mass shootings, racism, misogyny, poverty but jokes? swearing? really?

We deal with the difficulties of the world using humour, it is a mainstay in maintaining our sanity.

So does OTL get offended by comedy /jokes? Yes, but not because of the topic because the comedian’s material is so badly constructed and unfunny. Tough topics are best left to the best pro comedians, advice to newer comedians avoid, avoid, avoid. Once you have mastered the art of comedy then knock yourself out, tackle the controversial topics.

http://notablelife.com/our-generation-needs-to-stop-being-offended-by-everything-and-learn-how-to-take-a-joke/

Lee Nelson added tour dates? Time to give the British Prime Minister her P45

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Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson, pulled possibility his biggest stunt so far in evading security at the tory party conference and giving the prime minister her P45 (the form people get in the UK when they are sacked or leave their job). Coincidence that this is great publicity for his autumn tour (tickets still available). OTL is wondering what prank it might play to gain free advertising for its gigs….. (Please leave any suggestions in the comments section)BRITAIN-POLITICS-EU-BREXIT

The police are reporting concerns that  ISIS maybe attending  comedy courses  to infiltrate the comedy circuit and plant sleeper cells of comedians to launch suicide “pranks”against prominent figures in public life.  Yeah good luck getting an open spot ISIS

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/04/prankster-simon-brodkin-hands-may-p45-during-conference-speech-lee-nelson

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