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From the BBC:

ITV bans all-male comedy writing teams
By Ian Youngs
Entertainment & arts reporter
18 June 2019

ITV will no longer commission comedy shows with all-male writers’ rooms, the broadcaster’s head of comedy has said.

Saskia Schuster said she realised last year that “an awful lot of my comedy entertainment shows are made up of all-male writing teams”.

She said: “Too often the writing room is not sensitively run. It can be aggressive and slightly bullying.”

Imagine! A comedy writing room that is not sensitively run … What is the world coming to?

… Last year, when reviewing the gender balance of sitcom scripts she was sent, she realised that for every script she received from a female writer, she got five from men.

… They don’t thrive as the lone female voice in a writers’ room.

She has now changed ITV’s contracts so any shows that are commissioned or recommissioned “must aim towards 50:50 gender representation”. ,,,

“If you have the same type of writers in terms of race or sexual orientation or gender, then you’re only getting one kind of joke, and if you’ve got different voices in the room, you’re getting different kinds of jokes,” she said.

“You want to represent the wide audience that’s watching. You want diversity in voice, or else it won’t be as funny because it won’t be appealing to as many people.”

Diversity is our Strength, and that’s no laughing matter.

 
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  1. “There are no jokes under diversity.”

    Coming up next — another episode of Laugh at the Woke Comic or Go To Gulag!

  2. its all a bad joke literaly

  3. What’s really funny is the lack of interest in gender parity among plumbers, electricians, mechanics…

    • LOL: Hail
    • Replies: @JMcG
    Actually, it’s not at all funny. The electrical trade is having useless women and trannies jammed down our necks. You’ll never see 50% women, cause it won’t work, but the powers that be in HR want to make sure that we have a visible amount of electricians sans d**ks.
    , @Duke84
    Or the homeless and prison population.
  4. “Saskia Schuster said…”

    No further questions, your honor.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    My reaction exactly, and that of the majority of iStevers, I should imagine.
    , @Clyde

    “Saskia Schuster said…”
    No further questions, your honor.
     
    You are probably wrong about her being Jewish. Schuster can be a German name here in America or a Jewish name. Saskia is described as an old German name, Dutch or Danish. BTW she is no hag, she is decent looking.

    wiki for the last name Schuster. I see Germans and Jews and one black football player >>>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuster
  5. Maybe it will be different at ITV, but when Comedy Central has proudly diverse writing teams, the shows tend to suck.

  6. Something’s happening here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear
    There’s a man with a pun over there
    Tellin’ me I got to beware…

    • Replies: @Alice in Wonderland
    bravo
    , @Hunsdon
    Hugs and kisses!
  7. Pervertsity is our strength!

    • Replies: @Thinker
    No kidding. I have an oversensitive progressive in the family, and the only thing she could ever laugh at are dirty jokes. Everything else is offensive to her.
  8. DIVERSITY IS DIRTY.

    If you ask a good chef how to make great foods, he wants PURITY in his ingredients, not diversity. Diversity is dirty. He needs:

    Pure water.
    Pure butter.
    Pure salt.
    Pure milk.
    Pure flour.

    to make the best foods.

    Synonyms for Diversity: dirty, deranged, disordered, disturbed, disorganized.

    Only in America, a negative term has been twisted into a positive.

  9. Today’s comedy zeitgeist : exemplified completely by that lumpy, dour Kiwi lesbian who did an entire special withy a single punchline, lecturing the audience about the patriarchy.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Sermons. Woke comedy is a kind of preaching.
  10. Monty Python, Black Adder, and Shakespeare would have been banned by Saskia Schuster, a nonentity media bureaucrat. She must be comically fat, ugly, and stupid.

    • Replies: @Lot
    No, she’s good looking.

    http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/assets/Saskia-Schuster026.jpg

    Good for most things, but plain or ugly women are funnier.

    I scanned her Twitter. 90% of her posts the past four months are about promoting female and minority comedy writing, including a bunch of programs that explicitly ban whites or males.
    , @TWS
    She's stupid and useless but only ugly on the inside.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    She must be comically fat, ugly, and stupid.

    Or. Something. Else.
  11. If you have the same type of writers in terms of race or sexual orientation or gender, then you’re only getting one kind of joke

    I’m sure we’re all tired of the same old Benny Hill/PG Wodehouse/Simon Pegg/Ricky Gervais/John Cleese/Peter Sellers routine. Nothing but slapstick, absurdity, puns, situation comedy, parody, standup…where’s the diversity in that?

  12. The result of multikult is growing authoritarianism.

    This is not an accident, dictatorships love protecting minorities, democracy is by definition anti-majority.

  13. It’s the same on American tv. Writing staff is all female and gay. Can’t and don’t want to connect to men.

    Tell me again how men and women have the same fundamental interests?

    Not in the modern world. At least not among Whites. Tyler Perry as far as I know is not courting gays and women in his writing staff.

  14. Sounds like a good way to lose money.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Sounds like a good way to lose money.
     
    Sounds like a good way to lose the British Taxpayers' money. FIFY. Ain't it great being Socialist? Nobody makes you watch (yet), but you still have the pleasure of paying for it.
  15. Look for more sitcoms about hair

  16. What’s next?

    A demand that in the future all infants must be birthed by a 50:50 ratio of men and women…

    ITV doesn’t need joke writers, they are the joke.

  17. A comedy show about a comedy show where one writer has to pretend to “transition” in order to sell the pilot could be pretty funny.

    The real injustice is why ITV only produces shows that exclusively employ writers literate in the English language. I got so upset thinking about that last night that I gnawed my left foot off.

  18. We are honoured to welcome the brilliant Saskia Schuster, Controller of Comedy at ITV, formerly Commissioning Editor for Comedy at Sky…

    Those are bizarre, even scary-sounding titles.

    I wonder whence the name Schuster. There are so many Simons in the UK that she should have no trouble teaming up with one to be Simon & Schuster.

    Saskia Schuster =

    Cute. Kiss. Harass.
    Cue harass skits.
    Assures a shtick.

    Aha! Sisters suck!

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...

    "Cute. "
     
    Too bad there's not an "n" in her name!
    , @Nicholas Stix
    Hey, guys,

    Reg did not have pun with a quote. He quoted the entry exactly.
  19. Any American Jews on their comedy writing teams?

    {insert offensive Jew graphic here} That’s who’s funny. Right, Bubbee?

  20. You guys NEED to read Adam Serwer

    He points out in twitter the dishonesty and cowardice of white males in holding on to their privilege

    I have a feeling you guys think comedians making fun of white males foibles (which are legion) crosses the line of taste

    [MORE]

    • Troll: IHTG
    • Replies: @guest
    On the contrary, I enjoy poking fun at white foibles. For instance, our uncool angle of inclination in seated positions:

    https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP.8iAEwnzNIOeaB0J5TjTfWQHaHN&pid=Api&dpr=1.5
    , @AceDeuce
    You mean like Amos n' Andy making fun of black foibles?
    , @nebulafox
    No more Leonard Pitts?
    , @Alfa158
    Who’s this Adam Sewer guy, and what did he do with our beloved Leonard Putz?
  21. Why Women Aren’t Funny—
    by Christopher Hitchens

    Not only could Christopher Hitchens, were he alive, not be able to have that published today, merely submitting it for publication would likely destroy his career.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    Read Hitchens' article. He was right.

    Women aren't funny because they have no need to be funny. Jokes are aggression. Males are good at aggression because women are the prize.
  22. Now that’s comedy !

  23. I foresee some hilarious attempts to evade this law:

  24. OT,but I understand rap producer DJ Official has been shot to death in Los Angeles.
    I just hope to God he wasn’t one of those rappers working to give back to the community by opening clothing stores. That would be a bitter pill to swallow.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  25. @JimB
    Monty Python, Black Adder, and Shakespeare would have been banned by Saskia Schuster, a nonentity media bureaucrat. She must be comically fat, ugly, and stupid.

    No, she’s good looking.

    Good for most things, but plain or ugly women are funnier.

    I scanned her Twitter. 90% of her posts the past four months are about promoting female and minority comedy writing, including a bunch of programs that explicitly ban whites or males.

    • Replies: @JimB
    Another nominee for the Not Getting the Joke award.
    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    She needs a man!
  26. “Too often the writing room is not sensitively run. It can be aggressive and slightly bullying.”

    Comedy is for closers, sugartits. You’re fired.

  27. Not sensitively run, huh? In that case, how dare you expose delicate female sensibilities to them?

    Female comediennes aren’t very feminine, of course. So men will still act like this around them:

  28. @Lot
    No, she’s good looking.

    http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/assets/Saskia-Schuster026.jpg

    Good for most things, but plain or ugly women are funnier.

    I scanned her Twitter. 90% of her posts the past four months are about promoting female and minority comedy writing, including a bunch of programs that explicitly ban whites or males.

    Another nominee for the Not Getting the Joke award.

  29. PBS is pushing a show called Stories From the Stage. I believe they see it as the woke alternative to stand-up. From the promos, which are so annoying I have never watched it, all the “storytellers” seem to be of some diverse stripe. I think the hope is to get rid of mean stand-up comedy for a human pet show.

  30. @Clyde
    Sounds like a good way to lose money.

    Sounds like a good way to lose money.

    Sounds like a good way to lose the British Taxpayers’ money. FIFY. Ain’t it great being Socialist? Nobody makes you watch (yet), but you still have the pleasure of paying for it.

    • Replies: @Fen Tiger

    Sounds like a good way to lose the British Taxpayers’ money.
     
    No: ITV is purely commercial.
  31. @Tiny Duck
    You guys NEED to read Adam Serwer

    He points out in twitter the dishonesty and cowardice of white males in holding on to their privilege

    I have a feeling you guys think comedians making fun of white males foibles (which are legion) crosses the line of taste

    On the contrary, I enjoy poking fun at white foibles. For instance, our uncool angle of inclination in seated positions:

    https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP.8iAEwnzNIOeaB0J5TjTfWQHaHN&pid=Api&dpr=1.5

  32. White men build everything.

    After it’s up and running and the hard work is done, the “diversity” crowd says. “Thanks. We’ll take over now”.

    Just kidding.

    They don’t say “Thanks”.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  33. @Tiny Duck
    You guys NEED to read Adam Serwer

    He points out in twitter the dishonesty and cowardice of white males in holding on to their privilege

    I have a feeling you guys think comedians making fun of white males foibles (which are legion) crosses the line of taste

    You mean like Amos n’ Andy making fun of black foibles?

  34. Once you let the ladies in, they turn around and sue for sexual harassment based on a “hostile environment” for women. The California Supreme Court threw out such a claim against “Friends” 13 years ago. I’m not sure it would come out the same way today.

    “She said they mused about sexual matters involving actors Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette and David Schwimmer and simulated masturbating. One drew breasts and vaginas in a coloring book, and the three referred to some women with a four-letter vulgar word for the female anatomy, Lyle charged.”
    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2006-apr-21-me-friends21-story.html

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The "Friends'" writers' behind-closed-doors references to Courtney Cox's uterus were particularly memorable.
  35. The last ITV sitcom that was any good was Rik Mayall’s New Statesman, 30 years ago. There is virtually no comedy on prime-time ITV these days.

    In the mid 90’s, the regional companies that made up ITV were allowed to merge, under the control of a company called Carlton, and they have produced virtually nothing significant since, just various successful karaoke-type shows, soaps and Downton Abbey.

    The other large semi-commercial TV network, Channel 4, has had quite a few successful sitcoms, courtesy of Grahame Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Black Books) and Simon Pegg (Spaced).

    Simon Pegg doesn’t do TV any more, and Linehan is unlikely to be commissioned again as he is now a Trans Cult sceptic, and has fallen out with his erstwhile comrades in the Wokoharam.

  36. @Damessege
    Something's happening here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear
    There's a man with a pun over there
    Tellin' me I got to beware...

    bravo

  37. We need to add one new Ministry to the Ministries of Love, Peace, Plenty, and Truth: The Ministry of Comedy.

    They have vays of making you laugh.

    • LOL: MBlanc46
    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    Worthy of my hourly LOL!
    , @mmack
    Don’t be the last to stop laughing, Comrade!
  38. Women are really good at making babies. Maybe they should stick to their knitting?

  39. @Tom Scarlett
    Once you let the ladies in, they turn around and sue for sexual harassment based on a "hostile environment" for women. The California Supreme Court threw out such a claim against "Friends" 13 years ago. I'm not sure it would come out the same way today.

    "She said they mused about sexual matters involving actors Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette and David Schwimmer and simulated masturbating. One drew breasts and vaginas in a coloring book, and the three referred to some women with a four-letter vulgar word for the female anatomy, Lyle charged."
    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2006-apr-21-me-friends21-story.html

    The “Friends’” writers’ behind-closed-doors references to Courtney Cox’s uterus were particularly memorable.

  40. @JimB
    Monty Python, Black Adder, and Shakespeare would have been banned by Saskia Schuster, a nonentity media bureaucrat. She must be comically fat, ugly, and stupid.

    She’s stupid and useless but only ugly on the inside.

  41. Well, everybody knows how women comedians are sooo funny, so it’s sure to be a hit…

  42. That’s it. I’m off ITV and ALL TV channels, for that matter.

    – Achmed E. Newman, ~ 20 years back.

    You all ought to try it.

    “I mean, the blacks have their commercials to watch in which they are bright upstanding citizens, the Jews, they’ve got the news and the deep agenda behind every sitcom, the feminists, they’ve got the comedy channels now, the homos have got Home and Garden TV, 1/2 of the Myth Busters, and Sponge Bob Squarepants, the Hispanics, they’ve got “Chico and the Man”. What do regular white American’s have? ”

    “We’ve got the whole clown show known as The United States of America.”

  43. “If you have the same type of writers in terms of race or sexual orientation or gender, then you’re only getting one kind of joke, and if you’ve got different voices in the room, you’re getting different kinds of jokes,” she said.

    “You want to represent the wide audience that’s watching. You want diversity in voice, or else it won’t be as funny because it won’t be appealing to as many people.

    I can’t agree with Brona C Titley-McGrath here. The problem is that audiences are too diverse. Not all hold the same opinions on what a proper joke is. Jokes should be teasing and soothing feelings of smug superiority, not tickling the funny bone. Clapter is the future of comedy. Example, North Korea’s Got Talent –

  44. @lhtness
    What's really funny is the lack of interest in gender parity among plumbers, electricians, mechanics...

    Actually, it’s not at all funny. The electrical trade is having useless women and trannies jammed down our necks. You’ll never see 50% women, cause it won’t work, but the powers that be in HR want to make sure that we have a visible amount of electricians sans d**ks.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Precisely this.

    From the gals who got their job through gender nepotism, and refuse to bend 3/4" and up fixed metallic conduit, replacing it with lighter stock on the fly (coz bending conduit, like math, is hard), to the ones who slouch around looking for minor or perceived annoyances that might let them hit the Diversity Lawsuit Lottery, they're a plague in the sparky trade.
  45. @newrouter
    Pervertsity is our strength!

    No kidding. I have an oversensitive progressive in the family, and the only thing she could ever laugh at are dirty jokes. Everything else is offensive to her.

  46. The Alan Brady Show had Sally Rogers, just saying!

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    Rose Marie was asked the following by Peter Marshall on the Hollywood Squares: If you are getting raped, what do you experts recommend you yell?

    She repliedMore, more!
  47. Anon[311] • Disclaimer says:

    “You want to represent the wide audience that’s watching. You want diversity in voice, or else it won’t be as funny because it won’t be appealing to as many people.”

    This is completely wrong. Comedy is highly culturally specific. That’s why comedies don’t do well internationally. Everyone knows this. Show me ONE funny thing this B has ever said on Twitter, or anywhere. Bet you can’t do it.

    Theoretically, all the different subgroups could make their own kinds of comedies, and that could work. But most of them don’t even have the drive to do that.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Mr. Bean did well internationally.
  48. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    "Saskia Schuster said..."

    No further questions, your honor.

    My reaction exactly, and that of the majority of iStevers, I should imagine.

  49. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:

    Why not just air shows that, in aggregate, employ roughly equal numbers of men and women? Including a few with all female writers?

    Because:

    — Network SJWS get off on imposing their power … on bigots.

    — They fear the chick shows would flop, in the ratings, and with advertisers. And people would draw bigoted conclusions from that, as though it had something to do with women not being funny.

    — There’s some magic dirt theory in play: women are funny, in fact they are side splittingly hilarious. But they need to be in physical proximity to men to be funny; there is some sort of humor enabling substance in male sweat odor. But seriously, the more you integrate groups, the easier it is to hide nonproductive members from outside scrutiny. They don’t show up in any data that is collected. I mean, who’s to say who contributed what in the hubbub of creative frenzy?

  50. @Ibound1
    We need to add one new Ministry to the Ministries of Love, Peace, Plenty, and Truth: The Ministry of Comedy.

    They have vays of making you laugh.

    Worthy of my hourly LOL!

  51. @Lot
    No, she’s good looking.

    http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/assets/Saskia-Schuster026.jpg

    Good for most things, but plain or ugly women are funnier.

    I scanned her Twitter. 90% of her posts the past four months are about promoting female and minority comedy writing, including a bunch of programs that explicitly ban whites or males.

    She needs a man!

  52. This is hardcore fascism, this idea that one’s race or gender or whatever makes you a different kind of human, incapable of communicating humor to someone of another race or gender or experiencing the world in the same way. It’s not far from there to dehumanization outright.

    It’s weird, because people like this Schuster woman come off like they are the opposite of fascist, and most people, I’m sure, buy it. I always find myself wondering how self-aware someone like that is. Or what would be the tell-tale clues that she knows exactly the game she is playing.

    • Agree: Forbes
  53. @Damessege
    Something's happening here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear
    There's a man with a pun over there
    Tellin' me I got to beware...

    Hugs and kisses!

  54. “For now on we’re going to insist on gender diversity on our sitcom teams. Our sitcoms to need to have womyn Jews as well male Jews.”

    The womyn writers will be in the room to tell the male writers that their stuff is offensive. The male writers will be there to tell the womyn writers that their stuff isn’t funny.

  55. @lhtness
    What's really funny is the lack of interest in gender parity among plumbers, electricians, mechanics...

    Or the homeless and prison population.

  56. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    I really, really hate this.

    The best movies and TV shows usually come from auteurs with a unique sensibility. When you attempt to create a committee of a bunch of different sensibilities trying to cater to different types of people, it rarely works.

    I’ve pretty much given up on consuming anything produced by the ‘entertainment industry’. It all seems to be crap or propaganda now. Maybe it always was, but it’s just become too heavy handed to stomach.

    • Replies: @TheMediumIsTheMassage
    Smart auteurs with unique sensibilities (who are mostly white men) are being systematically ostracized from the worlds of film, TV, music, publishing, advertising, etc., aka anything that allows them to exert influence in the public.
  57. @Tiny Duck
    You guys NEED to read Adam Serwer

    He points out in twitter the dishonesty and cowardice of white males in holding on to their privilege

    I have a feeling you guys think comedians making fun of white males foibles (which are legion) crosses the line of taste

    No more Leonard Pitts?

  58. @Mike Zwick
    The Alan Brady Show had Sally Rogers, just saying!

    Rose Marie was asked the following by Peter Marshall on the Hollywood Squares: If you are getting raped, what do you experts recommend you yell?

    She replied

    [MORE]
    More, more!

  59. Commissars can’t afford to laugh. When it is time to determine if something is correct, politically, it’s not funny. You think women haven’t suffered? The gays? The trans? The horror! The HORROR!!

    And since for the Left it’s ALWAYS time to judge whether or not something is politically correct, there’s no laughing. No smiling, either! Hey, I saw that. You must be a white supremacist.

  60. There’s a reason why we have all-male writing teams. It has something to do with the fact that women are NOT FUNNY.

    Jokes are a male thing, connected with the male Culture of Insult.

    • Replies: @anon

    Jokes are a male thing, connected with the male Culture of Insult.
     
    Oh yeah? What do you know!
    , @Mike Zwick
    When you apply that culture of insult, or ball busting as it is called by some, to a woman, they just take it as an insult. They think you really mean to hurt them.
  61. Schuster is a certifiable idiot of the type who would have been a Monty Python lampoon. She needs a diverse automobile repair shop where the competent are excluded from the shop floor.

  62. Minneapolis StarTribune:

    Hoping for more diverse candidates, Hennepin County no longer requires master’s degree for its library director

    By David Chanen JUNE 17, 2019 — 8:12PM

    State law for decades has placed the director of Hennepin County’s massive library system on the top shelf.

    Lawmakers decided nearly 40 years ago that Hennepin should be the state’s only county where applicants for the top library job needed a master’s degree in library and information science.

    But recent efforts to recruit a new Hennepin library director found the law resulted in a limited pool of candidates with little diversity.

    So county officials asked legislators to strike the requirement and it passed with little controversy, save for objections from a group of librarians who feared the change would undercut the profession.

    Their concerns were based on the demands visited upon the head of a large government department who oversees 41 branch libraries, 835 employees and an $88 million budget.

    “We are not trying to take away the importance of the degree,” said Hennepin County Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Rossman. “But we felt very strongly, in the long run, that we want to find the best leader whether or not they have the degree.”

    Hennepin County launched an extensive national search for an executive director, a position that Rossman compared to the head of a large company. A screening group of county administrators, library board members and Friends of the Library officials came up with a list of several candidates. But officials weren’t comfortable hiring any of them, and the search continues.

    “We are trying to break down real or perceived barriers that might keep the best applicants from these positions,” Rossman said. “These type of barriers can stop people of color and diversity from ever getting a chance to interview.”

    The law eliminating the degree requirement says that applicants should be qualified by education and that preference would be given to candidates with library experience.

    http://www.startribune.com

    🙂

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    “These type of barriers can stop people of color and diversity from ever getting a chance to interview.”

    People of Diversity: PoD

    , @Nicholas Stix
    "A screening group of county administrators, library board members and Friends of the Library officials came up with a list of several candidates. But officials weren’t comfortable hiring any of them, and the search continues."

    They must have all been white.

    “'We are trying to break down real or perceived barriers that might keep the best applicants from these positions,' Rossman said. 'These type of barriers can stop people of color and diversity from ever getting a chance to interview.'”

    "the best" = non-white.

    Qualifications have been transformed into "barriers."

    They refuse to fill the position until an unqualified black or Hispanic comes along. My hunch is that they want to hire a Somali, but so far no Somali has applied.
  63. @Christopher Chantrill
    There's a reason why we have all-male writing teams. It has something to do with the fact that women are NOT FUNNY.

    Jokes are a male thing, connected with the male Culture of Insult.

    Jokes are a male thing, connected with the male Culture of Insult.

    Oh yeah? What do you know!

  64. @JimB
    Monty Python, Black Adder, and Shakespeare would have been banned by Saskia Schuster, a nonentity media bureaucrat. She must be comically fat, ugly, and stupid.

    She must be comically fat, ugly, and stupid.

    Or. Something. Else.

  65. @Anonymous
    I really, really hate this.

    The best movies and TV shows usually come from auteurs with a unique sensibility. When you attempt to create a committee of a bunch of different sensibilities trying to cater to different types of people, it rarely works.

    I’ve pretty much given up on consuming anything produced by the ‘entertainment industry’. It all seems to be crap or propaganda now. Maybe it always was, but it’s just become too heavy handed to stomach.

    Smart auteurs with unique sensibilities (who are mostly white men) are being systematically ostracized from the worlds of film, TV, music, publishing, advertising, etc., aka anything that allows them to exert influence in the public.

  66. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    The irony, is, of course, is that the (simply appalling) ITV network is run by women for women.

    Basically the ITV network broadcasts at peak time trashy soap opera and nothing but soap opera excepting rare instances where it broadcasts filler between soap opera – that is whenever the rival BBC network is broadcasting soap opera. Daytime TV is complete unwatchable bollocks – Jeremy Kyle, endless repeats of trashy game shows, brainless cookery shows and the godawfully bad ‘This Morning Show’ – *absolutely* – the WORST show ever broadcast anywhere in the world ever. By the way, ITV broadcasts virtually NO peak time comedy these days – there’s no space between the soap opera.

    All this is, of course, to pander to the big advertisers – consumer product manufacturers in mass market fast moving supermarket goods, purchases made mostly by women.

    Back in the day, the 1970s to be precise, ITV actually used to make good programming and comedy. It was run by talented and creative people. The regulator, the IBA, actually used to bare its teeth and put ITV on the right track. Thames TV, Granada TV, Euston Films etc, were stand out firms. The comedy was great and iconic. We had giants such as Benny Hill, Kenny Everett, George and Mildred, On the Buses, The Rising Damp, Love thy Neighbour, Shelley etc etc.

  67. In the future all comedy will be created by AI, with a male writer to supervise the output, and a woman to slap the male writer if he tries to make it funny.

  68. @Tiny Duck
    You guys NEED to read Adam Serwer

    He points out in twitter the dishonesty and cowardice of white males in holding on to their privilege

    I have a feeling you guys think comedians making fun of white males foibles (which are legion) crosses the line of taste

    Who’s this Adam Sewer guy, and what did he do with our beloved Leonard Putz?

  69. @JMcG
    Actually, it’s not at all funny. The electrical trade is having useless women and trannies jammed down our necks. You’ll never see 50% women, cause it won’t work, but the powers that be in HR want to make sure that we have a visible amount of electricians sans d**ks.

    Precisely this.

    From the gals who got their job through gender nepotism, and refuse to bend 3/4″ and up fixed metallic conduit, replacing it with lighter stock on the fly (coz bending conduit, like math, is hard), to the ones who slouch around looking for minor or perceived annoyances that might let them hit the Diversity Lawsuit Lottery, they’re a plague in the sparky trade.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    Well, at least this gives hope to those of us who look forward to the entire edifice of this corrupt society going up in flames.
  70. A number of years back there was one of those periodic hand-wringings about how Hollywood, and especially award ceremonies, were Too White.

    In the midst of it, there was one such awards show, I suppose the Emmys, and one of the late-night talk shows won for writing. (The next time you marvel over the “spontaneous” wit of Colbert or Fallon or whoever, bear in mind that, like professional wrestling, it’s all meticulously scripted by a team of about twenty writers which may or may not include the host, and you only ever hear of this when they win an Emmy.)

    Anyway, the winners step up on the stage, and stand in lines behind the guy accepting on their behalf. He leans into the microphone and says, “Here at the X show we’re all about diversity in Hollywood.” He then turns around and does a big double take at the twenty white men standing there. “Um…Bill there has a mustache! And, um…um…Tom there isn’t even Jewish!”

    Monty Python had six white dudes writing everything. Five of them came from one island. They seemed to do OK.

  71. @Diversity is Great!
    Minneapolis StarTribune:

    Hoping for more diverse candidates, Hennepin County no longer requires master's degree for its library director

    By David Chanen JUNE 17, 2019 — 8:12PM

    State law for decades has placed the director of Hennepin County's massive library system on the top shelf.

    Lawmakers decided nearly 40 years ago that Hennepin should be the state's only county where applicants for the top library job needed a master's degree in library and information science.

    But recent efforts to recruit a new Hennepin library director found the law resulted in a limited pool of candidates with little diversity.

    So county officials asked legislators to strike the requirement and it passed with little controversy, save for objections from a group of librarians who feared the change would undercut the profession.

    Their concerns were based on the demands visited upon the head of a large government department who oversees 41 branch libraries, 835 employees and an $88 million budget.

    "We are not trying to take away the importance of the degree," said Hennepin County Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Rossman. "But we felt very strongly, in the long run, that we want to find the best leader whether or not they have the degree."

    Hennepin County launched an extensive national search for an executive director, a position that Rossman compared to the head of a large company. A screening group of county administrators, library board members and Friends of the Library officials came up with a list of several candidates. But officials weren't comfortable hiring any of them, and the search continues.

    "We are trying to break down real or perceived barriers that might keep the best applicants from these positions," Rossman said. "These type of barriers can stop people of color and diversity from ever getting a chance to interview."

    The law eliminating the degree requirement says that applicants should be qualified by education and that preference would be given to candidates with library experience.

    http://www.startribune.com

     

    :)

    “These type of barriers can stop people of color and diversity from ever getting a chance to interview.”

    People of Diversity: PoD

  72. @Achmed E. Newman

    Sounds like a good way to lose money.
     
    Sounds like a good way to lose the British Taxpayers' money. FIFY. Ain't it great being Socialist? Nobody makes you watch (yet), but you still have the pleasure of paying for it.

    Sounds like a good way to lose the British Taxpayers’ money.

    No: ITV is purely commercial.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Bloody sorry, mate.
  73. @Anon
    “You want to represent the wide audience that’s watching. You want diversity in voice, or else it won’t be as funny because it won’t be appealing to as many people.”

    This is completely wrong. Comedy is highly culturally specific. That's why comedies don't do well internationally. Everyone knows this. Show me ONE funny thing this B has ever said on Twitter, or anywhere. Bet you can't do it.

    Theoretically, all the different subgroups could make their own kinds of comedies, and that could work. But most of them don't even have the drive to do that.

    Mr. Bean did well internationally.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    It was made by the very excellent Thames Television before the abominable Carlton took over their franchise and ruined it, back in 1992.

    British TV lore has it that Thames TV - purveyors of high quality TV such as the World at War, The Sweeney, Minder, Benny Hill, Kenny Everett, The Tomorrow People etc etc was deliberately destroyed by Maggie Thatcher because of the 'Death on the Rock' debacle.
  74. Simples! When the next Galton and Simpson or Clement and Le Frenais come along all one of them has to say is that he identifies as a woman and defy her not to accept his femininity. It would be funny to watch her head explode.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Or even Croft and Perry or Esmonde and Larbey, or Cooke and Mortimer.
  75. Pogram (n) A segment of film or television produced by officially approved quotas of under-represented persons for the purpose of “punching-up” an undesirable group of persons (ideally stale pale males).

  76. Anonymous[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Redneck farmer
    Mr. Bean did well internationally.

    It was made by the very excellent Thames Television before the abominable Carlton took over their franchise and ruined it, back in 1992.

    British TV lore has it that Thames TV – purveyors of high quality TV such as the World at War, The Sweeney, Minder, Benny Hill, Kenny Everett, The Tomorrow People etc etc was deliberately destroyed by Maggie Thatcher because of the ‘Death on the Rock’ debacle.

  77. Anonymous[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Carr
    Simples! When the next Galton and Simpson or Clement and Le Frenais come along all one of them has to say is that he identifies as a woman and defy her not to accept his femininity. It would be funny to watch her head explode.

    Or even Croft and Perry or Esmonde and Larbey, or Cooke and Mortimer.

  78. (((saskia Shyster))) good solid Anglo-Saxon name.

    White Men boycott licence fee!!! Everyingtime!!!

  79. @Christopher Chantrill
    There's a reason why we have all-male writing teams. It has something to do with the fact that women are NOT FUNNY.

    Jokes are a male thing, connected with the male Culture of Insult.

    When you apply that culture of insult, or ball busting as it is called by some, to a woman, they just take it as an insult. They think you really mean to hurt them.

  80. @Ibound1
    We need to add one new Ministry to the Ministries of Love, Peace, Plenty, and Truth: The Ministry of Comedy.

    They have vays of making you laugh.

    Don’t be the last to stop laughing, Comrade!

  81. anonymous[251] • Disclaimer says:

    These humorless PC feminists are the direct descendants of the equally bitter, no fun Puritans, Suffragettes and Bible thumping Womens’ Temperance Leagues.

    The mindset is the same:

    A burning obsession that somewhere some man is having a good time.

    Maybe the Islamists have a better approach to this:

    Make them cover up and ban them from speaking in public.

  82. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    "Saskia Schuster said..."

    No further questions, your honor.

    “Saskia Schuster said…”
    No further questions, your honor.

    You are probably wrong about her being Jewish. Schuster can be a German name here in America or a Jewish name. Saskia is described as an old German name, Dutch or Danish. BTW she is no hag, she is decent looking.

    wiki for the last name Schuster. I see Germans and Jews and one black football player >>>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuster

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    Saskia is also a Slavic name so Saskia Schuster could very well indicate some Eastern European Jewish roots. I've also run into quite a few women with a similar physiognomy and attitudes who've turned out to be lesbians. I'm putting my money on Jewish lesbian until I learn otherwise.
  83. Anonymous[412] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sam Patch
    Today’s comedy zeitgeist : exemplified completely by that lumpy, dour Kiwi lesbian who did an entire special withy a single punchline, lecturing the audience about the patriarchy.

    Sermons. Woke comedy is a kind of preaching.

  84. @Clyde

    “Saskia Schuster said…”
    No further questions, your honor.
     
    You are probably wrong about her being Jewish. Schuster can be a German name here in America or a Jewish name. Saskia is described as an old German name, Dutch or Danish. BTW she is no hag, she is decent looking.

    wiki for the last name Schuster. I see Germans and Jews and one black football player >>>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuster

    Saskia is also a Slavic name so Saskia Schuster could very well indicate some Eastern European Jewish roots. I’ve also run into quite a few women with a similar physiognomy and attitudes who’ve turned out to be lesbians. I’m putting my money on Jewish lesbian until I learn otherwise.

  85. @Reg Cæsar

    We are honoured to welcome the brilliant Saskia Schuster, Controller of Comedy at ITV, formerly Commissioning Editor for Comedy at Sky...
     
    Those are bizarre, even scary-sounding titles.

    I wonder whence the name Schuster. There are so many Simons in the UK that she should have no trouble teaming up with one to be Simon & Schuster.


    Saskia Schuster =

    Cute. Kiss. Harass.
    Cue harass skits.
    Assures a shtick.

    Aha! Sisters suck!

    “Cute. “

    Too bad there’s not an “n” in her name!

  86. @Fen Tiger

    Sounds like a good way to lose the British Taxpayers’ money.
     
    No: ITV is purely commercial.

    Bloody sorry, mate.

  87. Hmmm… Interesting.
    I listened to this debate on the radio.
    Apparently, the BBC (being a publicly funded body) is being urged to follow a similar path.

    DESPITE the fact that all comedy scripts submitted to the BBC are done so *blind* – so the content is assessed without the writers’ gender, race etc etc being revealed. So it’s nothing to do with meritocracy and the cream rising to the top: it’s to do with box-ticking and quotas.
    Tokenism at its finest.

  88. Its been a wave of “middle aged female” tv for the last decade now as men bleed away from the medium, which is for the good. After all its the poztube, the easiest way to mass distribute propaganda. Says a lot that women are so attracted to this herd level entertainment and sedative

    You saw it best with the Law and Order franchise. It went from strong male leads to “rape of the week” tv SVU being the only survivor, feminist wish fulfillment, watching on screen what they don’t see in reality, a validation, with the “strong waman” Olivia Benson and her endless string of suitors as she aged past the wall. Episodes growing ever more cringy, pulled from the feminist fantasy headlines, they even did that hilarious episode on GamerGate.

    And to correlate the poison with demographics, african americans watch a whopping 44 hours per week. By any measure the “woke” industry is the one who most keeps them down.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2017/06/27/whos-watching-what-tv-shows-ranked-racial-and-ethnic-groups/103199848/

    And as you would guess, asians watch the least.

  89. @Reg Cæsar

    We are honoured to welcome the brilliant Saskia Schuster, Controller of Comedy at ITV, formerly Commissioning Editor for Comedy at Sky...
     
    Those are bizarre, even scary-sounding titles.

    I wonder whence the name Schuster. There are so many Simons in the UK that she should have no trouble teaming up with one to be Simon & Schuster.


    Saskia Schuster =

    Cute. Kiss. Harass.
    Cue harass skits.
    Assures a shtick.

    Aha! Sisters suck!

    Hey, guys,

    Reg did not have pun with a quote. He quoted the entry exactly.

  90. @Diversity is Great!
    Minneapolis StarTribune:

    Hoping for more diverse candidates, Hennepin County no longer requires master's degree for its library director

    By David Chanen JUNE 17, 2019 — 8:12PM

    State law for decades has placed the director of Hennepin County's massive library system on the top shelf.

    Lawmakers decided nearly 40 years ago that Hennepin should be the state's only county where applicants for the top library job needed a master's degree in library and information science.

    But recent efforts to recruit a new Hennepin library director found the law resulted in a limited pool of candidates with little diversity.

    So county officials asked legislators to strike the requirement and it passed with little controversy, save for objections from a group of librarians who feared the change would undercut the profession.

    Their concerns were based on the demands visited upon the head of a large government department who oversees 41 branch libraries, 835 employees and an $88 million budget.

    "We are not trying to take away the importance of the degree," said Hennepin County Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Rossman. "But we felt very strongly, in the long run, that we want to find the best leader whether or not they have the degree."

    Hennepin County launched an extensive national search for an executive director, a position that Rossman compared to the head of a large company. A screening group of county administrators, library board members and Friends of the Library officials came up with a list of several candidates. But officials weren't comfortable hiring any of them, and the search continues.

    "We are trying to break down real or perceived barriers that might keep the best applicants from these positions," Rossman said. "These type of barriers can stop people of color and diversity from ever getting a chance to interview."

    The law eliminating the degree requirement says that applicants should be qualified by education and that preference would be given to candidates with library experience.

    http://www.startribune.com

     

    :)

    “A screening group of county administrators, library board members and Friends of the Library officials came up with a list of several candidates. But officials weren’t comfortable hiring any of them, and the search continues.”

    They must have all been white.

    “’We are trying to break down real or perceived barriers that might keep the best applicants from these positions,’ Rossman said. ‘These type of barriers can stop people of color and diversity from ever getting a chance to interview.’”

    “the best” = non-white.

    Qualifications have been transformed into “barriers.”

    They refuse to fill the position until an unqualified black or Hispanic comes along. My hunch is that they want to hire a Somali, but so far no Somali has applied.

  91. @PiltdownMan
    Why Women Aren’t Funny—
    by Christopher Hitchens


    Not only could Christopher Hitchens, were he alive, not be able to have that published today, merely submitting it for publication would likely destroy his career.

    Read Hitchens’ article. He was right.

    Women aren’t funny because they have no need to be funny. Jokes are aggression. Males are good at aggression because women are the prize.

  92. @Olorin
    Precisely this.

    From the gals who got their job through gender nepotism, and refuse to bend 3/4" and up fixed metallic conduit, replacing it with lighter stock on the fly (coz bending conduit, like math, is hard), to the ones who slouch around looking for minor or perceived annoyances that might let them hit the Diversity Lawsuit Lottery, they're a plague in the sparky trade.

    Well, at least this gives hope to those of us who look forward to the entire edifice of this corrupt society going up in flames.

  93. The list of women who are good at standup is pretty short. Lisa Lampanelli was on that list, as is Roseanne Barr.

    Roseanne: “People say to me, “You’re not very feminine.” Well, they can just suck my dick.”

    Lisa: “Hitler got more laughs than Jimmy Kimmel, and he did it without Jewish writers.”

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