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Stewart Lee

Stand-up Comedian : Writer : Director

Stewart Lee deconstructs everything, and then puts it back together in his own way...

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Go Faster Stripe

Independent film production and distribution company

Go Faster Stripe offers the best direct-2-fan experience for fans of independent comedy...

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Simon Munnery

Comedian : Writer

Comedians often tell stories and relate daily life. Simon Munnery is different. He builds complete worlds and experiences, then invites you in...

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Steven Wright

Comedian : Writer

Wright's performance is a surreal series of mumbling and space that revolves around lateral thinking and exploration of meaning and language...

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What makes people laugh is a very personal and subjective thing. Over the last few decades the boundaries have opened out, resulting in a wider comedy style that includes an increase in the use of bad language, and more extreme subject matter. Just about anything goes. Much of it is broadcast, or considered socially acceptable by audiences.

The old style of comedy is also still out there, with all the (now) political incorrectness that comes with some of it. Historical comedy is often left in social contexts that were acceptable at the time, but have since moved on.

The positive approach is to select the comedy you like, and enjoy the work. Simply avoid what you don't like. The censorship of stronger themes, or outdated social etiquettes, is in your hands. This idea can be applied to any creative output, and keeps things closer to your own personal opinions about what makes good comedy.

Alternative comedy was a term used in the early eighties to describe anything that was not mainstream, or a little edgy, but after the success of this new comedic style, and the resulting commercial value, aspects of it gradually became the new mainstream.

Independent comedy might be a better term than alternative these days. This suggests comedy is written with the creative aims as a primary objective, rather than comedy for a more commercial purpose.

This can result in narrower audience appeal, but produces material closer to what the performer intends, and is refreshingly quirky, creative, original and in some cases, more extreme.

Links to the more independent side of things are featured here.

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