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10 Things I Hate About UKIP (Joe Wells / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016

10 Things I Hate About UKIP Ed2016

This year, Joe Wells’ intelligent political comedy has taken a turn for the bleak as fuck. He begins with a rant about UKIP and how “everything is fucked,” followed by a consciously simplistic explanation of why right-wingers are bad and left-wingers are good. He then subverts this simplicity by exploring the inner turmoil that comes with being left wing, while weaving in smart political points. Coming to the show as a leftie, these jokes feel like ones we’ve been waiting to hear, so they’re seldom surprising, but they’re always well-written, likeable and, crucially, sensitive. He handles heavy topics with the care they require and shows comedy doesn’t need to harm people: indeed, it’s all the better for not doing so.

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