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Listen to Bent Merriment: Queer Comedy

The word ‘gay’ started out as a synonym for mirth and hilarity – and its modern usage isn’t just a coincidence
Tom Ballard and Steven Oliver
In this discussion, hear stories from three queer comedians about what they’ve encountered along the way. How did they begin, and how has their comedy developed alongside their sexuality? In which ways does queer comedy operate as a kind of activism? Should it? How are society’s changing values reflected in where the ‘too far’ mark lies? RRR presenter Geraldine Hickey (Breakfasters), Black Comedy’s Steven Oliver, stand-up comedian Demi Lardner and host Tom…

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