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Bobby, 61, who has appeared in EastEnders, Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing On Ice, agrees that the Beeb’s comedy output is too one-sided.
He said: “For many years, I’ve found BBC comedy shows full of Left-wing rants about Tories and Brexit and I believe we should be getting behind our government right now and not turning on them and making Great Britain great again.
“Much of the BBC’s comedy is too anti-government and they need to have more of a balance. It does need to change if they are to represent all licence payers.
“My generation and people older than me say there is nothing on television and they don’t really get the young comedians.That’s not to say they’re not funny, they are just not everyone’s cup of tea, and they [older people] don’t want to pay the licence fee. But why are we paying to watch shows that we don’t enjoy? “There should be old-school comedians on TV again too and that needs to be addressed.”
A big fan of slapstick comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys, Bobby wants more shows like it and hopes new BBC boss Tim Davie moves in that direction.
He said: “Mrs Brown’s Boys has been hugely successful even though it’s been called the worst comedy ever made and critics have said it’s old-fashioned and well past its sell-by date.
“But it has that broad appeal that inspires belly laughs.
“OK, it’s not a metropolitan and sophisticated comedy and it hinges on a middle-aged man pretending to be a troublesome ‘mammy’. But it’s been a hit as there’s an audience that feels disenfranchised by modern comedy. I really enjoyed the broad, double entendre comedy of shows like On The Buses and Are You Being Served? and I think Mrs Brown’s Boys represents a style that isn’t elsewhere.” Bobby is happy for modern comedy to be risque, like his stand-up routines used to be.
The difference is that contemporary comics get away with it on TV. He insisted: “Comedy is still near the knuckle, like it was in our day, and you can’t get more near the knuckle than comedians like Jimmy Carr.
“I mean look at his savage one-liners on 8 Out Of 10 Cats – but because he’s contemporary he gets away with it.
“If I did it on TV, I would get criticised because I am a product of the 80s, when comedians were less PC and we make jokes about black people, gays and women. But we never laughed at people, we laughed with them.”
This year for Bobby has been “horrendous” because of coronavirus. He revealed: “When lockdown hit in March, work literally stopped and I have struggled to stay afloat but I’m still here.
“I had a good year lined up, lots of gigs. I had a tour at Easter, a summer season, and pantomime – and that and all my corporate work dried up.
“However, it has been very difficult to keep happy. Like many other comedians, I am suffering. I would go back to EastEnders [in 2007-2008 Bobby played lovable rogue Vinnie Monks] if they’d have me.”
Speaking at a live auction for the charity HomelessWorldwide of which he is patron, Bobby added: “Luckily homelessness hasn’t affected me. But because of the virus I have had to sell my home and now I’m going to rent.
“I am not as wealthy as I used to be and I’m also a carer for my 95-year old dad Bill. But I count my blessings that I have a roof over my head when so many people have lost their homes.
Bobby, 62 next week, won’t put Bill, a runner in two Olympic Games, into a home because of coronavirus so he shares the care with brother David.
The comic said: “He fell down the other day in the hallway and had collapsed underneath a picture of him running, which was heart-breaking to see.
“He was such an amazing dad when I was growing up, I need to be there for him now.”
HomelessWorldwide info: homelessworldwide.org.uk
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