August 5, 2005


Festival to make terror and bombings 'fun' (TIM CORNWELL AND ANGIE BROWN, 8/05/05, The Scotsman)

ARTISTS and performers are reacting in many ways to global terrorism in shows at the Edinburgh festivals this year - but some have altered their acts after the London bombings. [...]

The leading Irish comedian, Andrew Maxwell, said he had originally written a large segment of his show on the theme that it was impossible to have a British suicide bomber.

"That was a very key section of my show, about the Britishness of Muslims, more interested in the car and making a cup of tea than extremism," he said.

"It was in a nutshell that you would never get a British suicide bomber, that the 'normalness' of British Muslims would preclude them ever being fanatical enough.

"The audiences loved it but it proved to be completely wrong and irrelevant."

How is he not co-hosting Air America with Al Franken?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2005 8:17 AM

"The audiences loved it but it proved to be completely wrong and irrelevant."

I should think his ability to self-identify falsehoods after examining the evidence would disqualify him from co-hosting Air America.

Posted by: andrew at August 5, 2005 8:51 AM

What if we can't look to our comedians for truth and relevance?

Posted by: David Cohen at August 5, 2005 8:58 AM

This guy never heard of Richard Reid?

Posted by: Matt Cohen at August 5, 2005 9:01 AM

Mr. Fantastic?

Posted by: Governor Breck at August 5, 2005 9:16 AM