The comedian today is in crisis. The ways of making us laugh have become fewer and blander, and there are less opportunities for comics to learn the tricks of the trade. Television, and the media more generally, should be uniting the nation in laughter, but more often than not it achieves exactly the opposite effect. Professor Pick argues that television has a responsibility to foster comic talent and outlines the ways in which it might do so.
This lecture is part of Professor Pick's 'Comedy and Laughter' series. The other lectures in this series are:
Professor John Pick was Gresham Professor of Rhetoric in 1985 and 1987. He was the founding professor of Europe's first Department of Arts Policy and Management at City University, London. He is Emeritus Professor of Arts Policy and Management at City University and Emeritus Visiting Professor in Arts Management at South Bank University.