14 December 2013 - 1:10pm | posted by | 2 comments

Channel 4 defends British Comedy Awards after media reports criticise rowdy show

Channel 4 has defended its British Comedy Awards show after it was slammed in media reports on account of bad language and rowdy atmosphere.

The broadcaster said that the show, watched by 1.3 million people, was accompanied by a warning that it was of an adult nature.

"The British Comedy Awards is an established live event and is well known for its edgy humour. The programme was preceded with a warning that the humour was of an adult nature and contained very strong language," a spokesman said.

The Daily Mail reported the most controversial aspects of the night, including comedian Paul Whitehouse yelling “Yid army” at Spurs fans, a controversial term related to anti-semitism, and Lee Mack embarrassing Jonathan Ross on stage by bringing up the Andrew Sachs prank call scandal he was involved in.

The Daily Express reported that Ofcom had received a number of complaints about the show, which was broadcast on Thursday evening.

Among quips on the night was one by Paul Whitehouse, who brought a fake sign language interpreter on stage with him when he collected an award in a nod to the interpreter who attended Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. It later transpired that the man was fake when the British Deaf Association said he was simply “making childish hand gestures” for hours.

Viewers offered mixed reports on Twitter.

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14 Dec 2013 - 15:42
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What is being complained about is what made it worth watching ..otherwise it would have been dire ..much like that Royal Variety Show

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14 Dec 2013 - 19:09
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It's laughable when dullards criticise comedy they don't understand. Less than 3% of people I meet in everyday life have any comedic ability whatsoever. They just spout a bunch of worn out cliches and punctuate them with a polite chuckle. That's probably why Miranda keeps winning every bloody year, because most people don't know what's funny. You just go by how much you like the actor or actress. Anyway, why wouldn't you want it to be a shambles you boring turds?!! It's far more entertaining. "...Oooo let's all get offended because our lives are so boring and I need attention ". Get out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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