- Thursday, 05 April 2012
I feel sorry for Nicholas Parsons (that is if his comments were genuine about humour and not just trying to plug his own crusade about ageism).
Discrimination is wrong against any group of people, but in my opinion jokes about the older generation are no more offensive than any other group.
Most of my contemporaries agree with me (age 82) they can enjoy a laugh against themselves I find todays ‘humour’ mostly offensive for the foul language that laces so much of their patter.
Do the audience laugh in embarrassment or do they really find such foul language funny?????
In recent years we have become oversensitive to humour, some may argue with my sentiments, but years ago jokes about Jews, the Irish, the Scots (and other subjects which are now taboo) were said without malice and often were used by those who were the butt-end of the jokes Jewish and Irish comedians loved to tell jokes about themselves.
Nowadays who dares to tell the old “ there was an Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman”
The days of good stand up humour seem long past (The Comedians, all nationalities, black and white sharing the joy of good humour).
I wonder if nowadays the need for foul language after every other word by comedians is because there is so little left for them to joke about with the PC crowd breathing down their shoulder.
So in my view good luck to those comedians that can find some humour in old age.
We have enough problems without being touchy about our humour.
Did I ever tell you the one about the old man who was new in the care home ----- No I’d better not Nicholas would definitely not like it!
Jimbo by email