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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Frankie Boyle:are your days on BBCTV now numbered? by bIG bLOGGER on 3 November 2008 4:47pm
For those who've not watched him,Frankie Boyle is a stand-up comedian,Glaswegian,and a star of "Mock The Week",since its launch on BBC2TV in 2005.
But,who IS Frankie Boyle? He has a website: "www.frankieboyle.com",which will tell you he's currently on a gig tour of the UK,coming dangerously near a town near you.Or you could get the DVD "Frankie Boyle:Live",if you want to just live dangerously. (out:November 10).
Frankie was born in Glasgow in 1972, (which makes him 36)into a working-class Catholic family;his father was a labourer,his mother a school dinner-lady. He won a scholarship to Brighton University where he studied English,then spent 9 months working with mental patients,before moving to train as a teacher in Edinburgh. He then tried his hand at stand-up in a club,at age 23. A year later he won acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1996),and has never looked back.
But,in the wake of the Ross-Brand fiasco,it could well be asked if 'near-the-knuckle' comics could in future find it more tricky working on the BBC? It might mean problems for some, such as Billy Connolly(another Scottish comic genius;also from Glasgow)or Frank Skinner,or Graham Norton,or even Jo Brand,bless her heart (no relation,as far as I know,to the deposed Russell Brand).
Some would say Boyle explores the darker outer limits of bad taste...After all,subjects on his new 'Live' DVD include routines about rape,incest,paedophilia and disabilities,which are bound to attract controversy.But Boyle defends his 'right' to be as scabrously funny as he wishes on almost ANY subject,saying he is a passionate defender of free speech,although his worldview,he says,is pessimistic,misanthropic,similar to German film-maker Werner Herzog's philosophy that the natural condition of the cosmos is "chaos,hostility,and murder"...
WOW!..Enough to make BBC executives start choking on their cornflakes!
So,I ask Frankie Boyle: how long for YOU now,at the BBC?? Or,to quote Bob Dylan,The times:-are they Really a-changin'?
Re: Frankie Boyle:are your days on BBCTV now numbered? by vlad all over on 3 November 2008 5:02pm
I like Boyle and I like Brand too. I know that they are not to some people's taste but that's comedy, it's a subjective art form. The fuss over the Ross/Brand thing is a disgrace, stirred up by the beeb-hating Daily Reichstag. I'm embarrassed by this country at the moment. Hardly anybody seems to think for themselves anymore.

I pay my licence fee just like those that complained and I want to be entertained and that means making me laugh. I suggest those that don't like Boyle or Brand watch My Family or that other Godawful sitcom with Nicholas Lyndhurst and Celia Imrie. If anything is offensive it is that the BBC waste money on such feeble dross but I don't complain because I know that some saddos like that kind of simple comedy. And surely that is the entire point of the BBC, to try to provide something for everybody.

Oh and let's be honest this whole furore was only ever about one thing and one thing alone - Jonathan Ross' salary.
Re: Frankie Boyle:are your days on BBCTV now numbered? by geordiegirl on 3 November 2008 5:20pm
Yes, vlad, I agree with you to some extent - it's a lot about Jonathan Ross's salary. I know R. Brand is talented: he writes a wonderful sports column in 'Guardian', I'm told.

Also, never underestimate the 'bandwagon' and 'me too' effects of complaints to Beeb. They only escalated so much AFTER lots of publicity.

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