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Don’t Make Me Laugh

I am really Interested in the ‘Don’t make me laugh’ Brief so I’ve decided to break down the brief and think about how I could approach it.

I am personally quite interested in how the freedom of speech laws are still affecting the careers of comedians in the UK.

I’m quite interested in comedy in the form of Satire, I think this new way of making people laugh is making them mre engaged and interested in what’ going on politiclly in the UK.

Challenging social norms is one of the most popular way to get a laugh out of the public, people like to laugh at the unexpected an inapropriate, how can I use this to create somthing interesting and eye catching?

Maybe I could look into ‘Banter’ and why it’s become such a popular phrase for passive humour.


Offensive and derogatory or just a bit of harmless fun? The word banter is more than 300 years old but is increasingly finding itself under the spotlight, with questions being asked about its true meaning.

The word is believed to have originated in London as street slang and has evolved to its current form, defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks”.

But some would say a more sinister use of the word has developed alongside this – one which was pointed out by teacher Mike Stuchbery.

Mr Stuchbery made a stand against banter, saying it had become an “excuse for inappropriate behaviour” in his classroom, in Gorleston, Norfolk.

“If I catch somebody nicking someone’s pencilcase, calling another student a derogatory name or thumping them on the back, nine times out of ten I’ll be met with a ‘Siiiir, it’s just bantaaaaaaah!”, he wrote on his blog.

Boyle also sued over the Daily Mirror’s assertion that he was “forced to quit” Mock The Week after making fun of the appearance of Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington’s on the BBC2 show. The tabloid’s argument that this was not defamatory of Boyle and that the “racist” epithet was either true or honest comment did not succeed.

The case highlights the complexities in comment cases in which, invariably, it is argued that the offending statement is defensible as opinion with the claimant countering that it is a statement of fact. That is an intractable problem and the defamation bill currently making its way through parliament, which proposes to codify the common law comment defence, will do nothing to help.

Boyle spent hours in the witness box to explain the frequent use of racial references in his sketches. He denied accusations of using offensive words “gratuitously”, telling jurors at one point: “There is no way they are an endorsement of racist terminology. It is the absolute opposite of that. If I dressed up as Godzilla, people would not accuse me of wanting to crush Tokyo myself.”

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