From Alan Davey’s heavily policed Q&A this morning:
I don’t think it’s fair to say that we fail to fund stand-up comedy completely! For example, we recently supported Francesca Martinez’s ‘What the Fuck is Normal?’ national tour with funding through Grants for the arts. But stand-up comedy is a very specific artform that has problems arguing the case for subsidy when it is so difficult to differentiate from commercially viable work. We are more likely to fund work that crosses stand-up with other artforms – for instance Ross Sutherland who blends poetry, stand-up comedy and spoken word theatre, or New Art Club, who blend stand-up comedy with contemporary dance.
Remember, a public official is paid £200,000 a year to think and speak like this.