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Matthew Norman's column: Throw in towel, Bernard.

Byline: Matthew Norman

THE absence, yet again, of any women on the shortlist for Edinburgh's Perrier comedy award tempts an important thinker out of his study.

Writing in the Daily Mail (and picking up the house style astoundingly well), Bernard Manning considers the poor Perrier record of females with his usual incisiveness.

The only woman stand-up who's ever been funny, Bernard judges, was Marti Caine. Any woman who could respond to hearing that she had the lymphoma which was to kill her with a decent joke ("Oh, does that mean I'm a lymphomaniac?") is a heroine - but was she really the only decent woman stand-up in history? Jo Brand, French and Saunders, Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, Maria McErlane and others... Were they all useless? Of course not.

Bernard's real objection to women comics stems from his famous delicacy.

He believes they only tell jokes about sanitary protection, which offends him. So the obvious answer is for the old boy to get one last Royal Variety booking, and spend a few minutes backstage learning to see the hilarity of the Tampax with the Prince of Wales and Camilla.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2003
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