Steve Coogan on Risk-Taking in Comedy

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“As we all get older, self-deprecating humour tends to be the way forward really. If you can’t laugh at the inevitability of mortality, then there’s not a lot else you can do. I think when you’re younger you’re less inclined to laugh at yourself because you want people to respect you, don’t you? Then when you get older, you don’t really care anymore.”

- Steve Coogan in a new interview with Chortle, in which he claims that modern comedy has dumbed down compared to the introspective, political, risk-taking comedy of the 1970s.