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From Johnny Vegas to offensive language

Chortle's 20 most-read news stories of 2021

Here are the most-read comedy news stories on Chortle of the past 12 months

1. Johnny Vegas’s glampsite is open for business

May 5: After a Channel 4 show charted the comic’s attempts to set up a tourism business, based around an old Maltese bus, the site finally opened.

2.BBC issues warning over Dad’s Army film

January 4: Viewers were told the 1971 comedy ‘contains discriminatory language which some may find offensive’ - most likely the term the term ‘fuzzy-wuzzies’

3. Alex Horne is a snitch and a brown-noser

March 15: Charlotte Ritchie gives an interview about her Taskmaster experience

4. Now Blackadder gets an 'offensive language' warning

January 15: The classic Rowan Atkinson comedy now comes with a disclaimer

5. Lee Mack: I want to give Bobby Ball a funeral on Not Going Out

January 28: The comic considers a send-off for his sitcom co-star

6. Legal row puts future of Red Dwarf at risk
February 4: Co-creators Doug Naylor and Rob Grant in dispute over rights to the show

7. Big send-off for Friday Night Dinner

January 14: Channel 4 marks the sitcom’s end with a full night’s programming

8. Aziz Ansari's Master Of None to return

January 7: New series of the Netflix comedy shot in London

9. ‘I lost a gig because I'm a straight white male'

June 7: Stand-up Nick Dixon felt discriminated against

10. 'I’m a middle-aged man who gets bewildered sometimes’

March 15: Lee Mack’s Taskmaster interview

11. Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer to tour together

November 16: Live shows on the back of their success with Gone Fishing

12. Comedian Phil Butler dies
October 18: Stand-up and magician was just 51

13. Filming wraps on Ghosts series 3

April 3: Hit BBC comedy returns

14. Comedies pulled in wake of MP’s murder

October 15: Have I Got News For You and Greg Davies comedy The Cleaner were withdrawn following the killing of  Sir David Amess.

15. Twitter suspends Lee Hurst over crude Greta Thunberg post

March 21: A small time in social media jail after making a sexual joke about the 18-year-old environmentalist

16. Masai Graham wins Dave’s Joke Of The Fringe

August 24: Nothing to do with the broadcaster, mind

17. Taskmaster might move away from comedians
December 23: Alex Horne floats the idea of mixing up the line-ups

18. James Acaster: I got heckled for talking about mental health

May 13: The comic reveals audiences' angry responses to personal material

19. BBC pilots 'anti-woke' comedy show

December 22: Radio 4 lines up a programme ‘bringing diversity of opinion’ to the channel

20.Who's in Taskmaster series 12

May 20: It was Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell

Published: 31 Dec 2021

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