Sexist, racist and homophobic: why I'm glad larrikin humour is gone

Sexist, racist and homophobic: why I'm glad larrikin humour is gone | @Valentine702

10.10.2019

Sexist, racist and homophobic: why I'm glad larrikin humour is gone | Valentine702

Modern humour is so much sharper than the dim-witted, offensive set-pieces of old. So put a bloody sock in it, Davo.

My memory of this humour was it was often delivered by a bullying bloke who had a collection of set pieces he rattled off to other blokes.

The old humour was tediously unoriginal. What was considered funny was not the comeback, the sprightly observation delivered on the fly, the hilarious insight that punctured pretension or pomposity; what was regarded as funny were set pieces. There were also set phrases:

Fleabag, The Death of Stalin, Veep, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

– not trying to be funny, but so full of joy. There's a million posts and threads on Twitter, a cascade of memes commenting on themselves commenting on themselves, the bizarreness of Tik Tok, Wil Anderson, Shaun Micallef, Kitty Flanagan, Anne Edmonds, Denise Scott and a hundred others who attract thousands to the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy festivals and fill the clubs the rest of the year.

Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald

Valentine702 Yes agree! Valentine702 I agree some of that old humour was unfunny and in poor taste, but some modern comedy is also bad - just for different reasons Valentine702 It's precisely this kind of joyless virtue signalling puritans that have killed comedy. Completely killed it. Valentine702 All those *comedians* are dry as burnt toast. Far from funny. Hannah Gadsby? That's a joke itself. Many still love the sexist, racist, homo jokes, even if they're the brunt of it.I get called chocko & I know there's no malice. Water off a ducks back. Those offended harden up.

Valentine702 You mean funny? You’re glad funny comedy has disappeared? Valentine702 It still happens, now it’s a Jew telling a Jew joke, a coloured person telling a joke about a person of colour and so on. What jokes do you tell? Valentine702 Whenever Barry Humphries is mentioned I can't help thinking more Australians should give his character Sandy Stone a go. Freely available on YouTube.

Valentine702 Humour is a very personal thing. No one can tell you when to laugh or what’s funny. It’s entirely up to the individual Valentine702 James Valentine has fallen victim to one of the classic blunders: to think the things you're most familiar with are 'so rich, so varied, so complex', but the things you're least familiar with (like the past, other people, other societies) are as simple as a stereotype.

Valentine702 It's not gone. Sorry to break it to you Valentine702 Clearly written by someone who has no idea what parody or satire is.

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Valentine702 The reason it’s gone is because it’s not funny Valentine702 Now we have the humour Germans enjoy. Valentine702 We aren't. Valentine702 Thank you James Valentine702 for reminding us of the vile and vulgar racist sexist Aussie larakin’ ‘humour’! Maybe the abcnews ABCIndigenous should read this and pass onto Ita!

Valentine702 Privatise the ABC so that deadwood like Valentine can be gone. Valentine702 so they will also cut out all comedy about white people Valentine702 Male feminist. Valentine702 So satire and irony are dead..... Valentine702 It's not gone, it's all over skynewsaust. Valentine702 Not sure I agree with using Sir Les here. He's a caricature of the thing we are objecting to. A disgusting caricature that highlights the problem.

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Valentine702 Veep is brilliant. But not really sure it meets your definition of why larrikin humour is gone. Own goal there sir. Valentine702 Diversity & Inclusions 🤪🤪🤪 Valentine702 We live in sad times. Valentine702 Valentine702 So you can only be a larrikin if you use vile, ill tasted humour that you have cherry picked in your article 🤦🏻‍♂️ Lighten up champ.

Valentine702 Les Paterson is a discusting character but thats the point. It is a characterisation of men like him Valentine702 James, you clearly have place, but I don't listen or watch because your humour too predictable & constant irony is not my cup of tea. We need to make fun of the ABC & feminists - everyone needs to be poked fun at. No PC; no off limits. Oh I'm too old. For you, 'fey' is the label.

Valentine702 Well there goes all comic material... Valentine702 but i bet you laugh at jokes making fun of old white men though... Valentine702 it's all funny - and comedy can stomp on all subjects, as it should

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