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Stand-up comedians now make you gag, no joke

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I read with interest James Valentine’s article on the death of larrikin humour. As a fan of
comedy and a journalist who has interviewed some of the world’s best comedians, I agree
with many of his conclusions.

We live in a golden age of comedy. Sydney and Melbourne have become stand-up comedy meccas much like New York, London and Montreal. Internationally, the stand-up world is thriving. Eddie Izzard is one of the world’s best comics, while Bill Bailey should be the world’s next David Attenborough.

Yet while comedy itself is thriving, I have noticed the decline of something else: the joke. Or
what we used to recognise as a........

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