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Old 10-02-2014, 00:03
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The BBC has decided that shows such as QI and Mock The Week will not be all male in future.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26107011

They may have a problem recruiting female panellists, as some high-profile women have already declined to appear on Mock The Week in particular, as they have found it to be "testosterone fuelled".

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Old 10-02-2014, 18:44
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Lots of work for Gina Yashere and Sarah Millican (if they can afford her), then....
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:02
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:08
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It could be good for these shows to mix up the dynamic, plus Emma Thompson was the best QI guest & Hugh Laurie one of the blandest so could be really fun.
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:13
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Big mistake bbc

I wonder how much longer it would take to reverse this one
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:42
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I'm sorry - I cannot think of any female comics who are funny. None. Seriously.

Just a PC / tick box exercise. What about next year? A lack of disabled comics appearing?
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:57
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The BBC has decided that shows such as QI and Mock The Week will not be all male in future.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26107011

They may have a problem recruiting female panellists, as some high-profile women have already declined to appear on Mock The Week in particular, as they have found it to be "testosterone fuelled".

Discuss.
I find this ridiculous. Panelists should be chosen for their ability to entertain, not their sex. That said, I'd be happy to see the back of both Alan Davies and Sarah Millican who are about as funny as permanent toothache.
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:46
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I'm sorry - I cannot think of any female comics who are funny. None. Seriously.

Just a PC / tick box exercise. What about next year? A lack of disabled comics appearing?
Oh please no.... That would mean that Australian with the fake foot would be on every show telling the hilarious stories of how his fake foot has got toes so he can wear thongs (hahahahaa, he means flip flops....), how he makes people at airport control laugh, that he's drunk out of his foot before and ohh, do you want to see it....?

*sigh*
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:48
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Eddie Izzard in a drag, would that count?
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Old 11-02-2014, 13:41
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I'm a woman and the only two female comics I find funny are Victoria Wood and Miranda. I cringe whenever there's a female comic on Mock the Week - they're just not funny. However, these panels shows are set up in a way that seems to favour male humour - sort of combatative bantering.
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Old 11-02-2014, 14:52
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Miranda will be happy she can take her tent body onto another show and bring her amazing blend of "not funny" jokes from the 1950s and how she looks like a tent that was put up by David Blunket.

Female comics are few are far between, and most are shite (most men are to be fair). Its a social thing though, women dont need to be funny to attract men, men do need to be funny to attract women though.
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Old 11-02-2014, 15:29
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I'm sorry - I cannot think of any female comics who are funny. None. Seriously.

Just a PC / tick box exercise. What about next year? A lack of disabled comics appearing?
Maybe it's because you're only ever shown one token female on a panel show that you don't know many? There are loads of brilliant female stand-ups on the circuit who never get a look-in on TV because of the nature of the beast. This new rule can only be a good thing, particularly for those like yourself who don't realise that -- shock, horror -- women can be funny.
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Old 11-02-2014, 20:43
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Grayson Perry is funny and he's not even a comic.
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Old 11-02-2014, 21:13
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I'm sorry - I cannot think of any female comics who are funny. None. Seriously.

Just a PC / tick box exercise. What about next year? A lack of disabled comics appearing?
exactly

positive decrimination is patronizing and doesnt work
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Old 11-02-2014, 21:26
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It's becoming increasingly difficult to defend the BBC with their really obnoxious quota system, although I suspect it's more about trying to nullify any criticism from The Daily Mail and so on.
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Old 11-02-2014, 21:35
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Maybe it's because you're only ever shown one token female on a panel show that you don't know many? There are loads of brilliant female stand-ups on the circuit who never get a look-in on TV because of the nature of the beast. This new rule can only be a good thing, particularly for those like yourself who don't realise that -- shock, horror -- women can be funny.
Absolutely right. There are just as many really funny women around, unfortunely we get an overload of the painfully overhyped and unfunny ones like Miranda and Sarah Millican. And it's interesting that it's only the unfunny women who get noticed while the countless seriously unfunny men continue to get panel gigs. Funny that.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:30
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Women arent funny. If they were they were headlighting these shows.

Instead its internal politics at the bbc
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Old 12-02-2014, 17:14
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I like this idea as long as it isnt the same few faces again and again.
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Old 13-02-2014, 14:25
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Maybe it's because you're only ever shown one token female on a panel show that you don't know many? There are loads of brilliant female stand-ups on the circuit who never get a look-in on TV because of the nature of the beast. This new rule can only be a good thing, particularly for those like yourself who don't realise that -- shock, horror -- women can be funny.
Exactly. Also, why does it have to comediennes? As someone else said, Emma Thompson was great on QI - very funny and clever....she is not a comedienne, but she is very entertaining.
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Old 13-02-2014, 15:38
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Women arent funny. If they were they were headlighting these shows.
What a pathetic thing to say.
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Old 13-02-2014, 15:40
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Maybe it's because you're only ever shown one token female on a panel show that you don't know many? There are loads of brilliant female stand-ups on the circuit who never get a look-in on TV because of the nature of the beast. This new rule can only be a good thing, particularly for those like yourself who don't realise that -- shock, horror -- women can be funny.
Agreed.

Comedy's a very sexist world, and I'm fed up of the rule that it's OK to have women on these panel shows as long as it's just one.

Newsflash, most men aren't funny either.
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Old 13-02-2014, 15:43
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Eddie Izzard in a drag, would that count?
In a drag what?
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Old 13-02-2014, 16:07
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I'm sorry - I cannot think of any female comics who are funny. None. Seriously.

Just a PC / tick box exercise. What about next year? A lack of disabled comics appearing?
I can think a lot of male comics who have a set place on these panel shows who aren't fresh or funny.

Mock the Week (pre and post Boyle) got tired years ago. The majority of the panel are fixed places, and you just know exactly what their jokes are going to be each time. 8 out of 10 Cats has a horrible approach in that they usually give the guest places on the panel to a male comic and a female lads mag bimbo, who they then make fun of (occasionally a male bimbo).
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