It simply has to be said.
Comedy has lost its way. It swims aimlessly on a raft of popular current trends, forever pandering to the banal, the irrelevant, and the incomprehensible.
The shocking reality is that contemporary - and historical - comedy, simply fails to deliver the vital ingredient.
Sure, Fawlty Towers made people laugh. But for every Fawlty Towers, there were a multitude of Terry And Junes. The Likely Lads and Till Death Us Do Part made people laugh, as did Dad's Army, yet most people can't recall cracking up watching The Good Life, or The Dustbinmen, or Bread.
Because they weren't funny.
It isn't a generational thing - Father Ted can be as funny as Steptoe and son, and the same could be said for many shows with a footing in different eras.
The problem appears to be that there's so much more airtime/webspace to fill these days, that it becomes inevitable that people will churn out ever increasing volumes of pure shit.
This state of affairs appears to be prevalent on internet "humour" sites, where the standard is dipping faster than an erection in the presence of a bearded transvestite.
Is there really so much of a void in airspace/cyberspace, that the only way to exploit that void is by talking about some imaginary sexually orientated scenario occurring, which may tempt the casual web user in for a look?
Only to move on, without reading beyond the first line?
Does that mean that the author is successful and popular?
Or simply that the author has a number fixation?
As an internet user/consumer - I get quite frustrated when I open links promising a glimpse of Sarah Harding naked, in a compromising situation with a lesbian belly dancer from Alexandria, only to find a totally misleading article, completely lacking in humour, which quite frankly, had it been written on paper, I wouldn't wipe my arse with.
In my limited experience, there are genuine satirists/humourists out there, but their voices are stifled by purveyors of smutty headlines, with nothing remotely witty to back the said headlines up.
Speaking as a consumer, if I wanted porn, I'd Google it under that category.
Unless I was eight years old, and immature for my age, in which case I'd probably Google the keywords 'Tits' 'Arse' 'Naked' 'Penis' 'Vagina' or 'Wank'
Seems like it works for some people. Gives the 'writers' the big hits.
But is it funny? You making anybody really laugh?
Think about it.
Roland Twatt. (Inquisitor to the rich and famous)