Danielle Ward - My Comedy Hero: Chris Morris

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Danielle Ward - My Comedy Hero: Chris Morris

My comedy hero is Chris Morris. Many people assume the only point of a comedian is to make people laugh, but an ambitious comic realises there is much more potential than that. Chris Morris is an artist rather than a tradesman, creating things rather than being a ‘hired clown’. I find the dark tag is often misused. I consider dark comics to be the ones that are purposefully offensive: Jerry Sadowitz is dark. Chris Morris writes very, very silly jokes in the vicinity of taboos. The Brass Eye Paedophilia Special has some ridiculously stupid jokes as well as being a brilliant bit of satire yet people remember the subject first, and forget it is one of the funniest things that’s ever been shown on TV.

He is a fearless comic and satirist producing the work he wants to, knowing the audience will come to him, rather than tailoring everything to a fictional demographic. And he uses the medium he’s working in to its best results: Blue Jam was a wonderful bit of radio comedy and it’s impossible to watch rolling news items without them feeling like a Brass Eye feature. Finally, I love Chris Morris because, like those other greats such as Daniel Kitson and Stewart Lee, he lets his work speak for itself. He’s not one for cropping up on a Big Brother spin-off show simply to ‘boost his profile’. He is a comedian.

The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 6, Thu 8 Jul; The Stand, Glasgow, Wed 7 Jul

Wicked Wenches

A monthly celebration of fabulously funny female comedians, including regulars Susan Calman and AL Kennedy. July also features the darkly offbeat Danielle Ward, Janice Phayre and Chloe Philip.

The Thursday Show

Vladimir McTavish steps up as host this evening, with a brilliantly varied line-up in the shape of Wayne Deakin, Danielle Ward, Jojo Sutherland and Davey See.

The Friday Show

Susan Calman steps up as host this evening, with a brilliantly varied line-up in the shape of Wayne Deakin, Danielle Ward, Jojo Sutherland and Davey See.

The Saturday Show

Vladimir McTavish steps up as host this evening, with a brilliantly varied line-up in the shape of Wayne Deakin, Danielle Ward, Jojo Sutherland and Davey See.

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