UK. What’s important when you pick the comedians for a new TV-show? That they work well together? That they have a lot of ideas? That they are funny? Nooo, absolutely not! The most important thing is that they are diverse and represent all groups.
The BBC presented their new comedy programming and how they would include unheard voices to both TV and radio. Shane Allen, who are in charge for the comedy commissioning on the BBC, got a question about the iconic comedygroup The Monty Pythons Flying Circus and answered:
If you’re going to assemble a team now, it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.
John Cleese answered on Twitter that the group were “remarkably diverse for our time”. And Terry Gilliam said:
It made me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that, everybody represented… this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian… My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition. [Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry. Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”