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The 59-year-old is set to appear on Channel 4’s cooking show Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, where the comedian will join stars Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty to chat and make food. Londoner Dee is firm favourite with viewers, known for his dry sense of self-deprecating humour, as well as his punchy one-liners, which saw him originally host the BBC’s Live at the Apollo series. In recent years he has also become increasingly frustrated with politics, and particularly Left-leaning comedians who continually take aim at Brexit.
A major row erupted on New Year’s Eve after Leftie comic Nish Kumar compared Brexit mastermind Nigel Farage to a “sack of meat brought to life by a witch’s curse” during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show.
He appeared to mock the 17.4 million people who voted Leave in the 2016 referendum, by claiming that “we will have a taste to leave things…and will finally leave the Earth by strapping rockets under the country and blasting off into space”.
Dominic Cummings, who was in charge of the Vote Leave campaign, was ridiculed by Frankie Boyle in a similar jibe.
The general perception during the referendum was that those on the Left side of politics would back Remain, while those on the Right would support Leave.
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And in a snub to Left-leaning comics, Dee launched a fiery attack on those still complaining about Brexit, arguing their material had become too similar to one another.
He believed comics on the Left should keep their opinions to themselves, and likened the current comedy scene to that of the Eighties when then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in power.
He said back then, and particularly now, there were few comics who leaned to the Right, which meant a lot of jokes made were all the same.
This also led to a political imbalance in comedy, something Dee was critical of from today’s modern comic.
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The Lead Balloon star said: “It seems to be an imperative that you show your colours and stand up for your side, which is usually the Left.
“Instinctively, I want comedians to be independent of all that. I don’t want them to be hailing a new type of Government. I’ve always thought it was my job to question all of it.”
In one recollection, the Telegraph reported in 2017, Dee said that during his early days of stand-up you “only needed to mention Margaret Thatcher to get a round of applause”.
Those gags, Dee felt, left him believing “three other people would be doing the same” joke, so there “was just no point in doing stuff” about politics.
He added: “And topical comedy becomes a bit like doing crosswords. The gags that you all arrive at are going to be pretty much the same because the subjects are the same.”
In a similar rant, before the Brexit vote, Dee also said he had grown “tired of the argument that politicians are consciously hypocritical and lying”.
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He told The i that not all of them are, but as soon as one politician makes one statement, “there will be a newspaper or another politician” saying they said something different during another year.
The star concluded: “As a comedian, it’s helpful to be seen as not going on stage with any particular flag to wave or axe to grind. I quite like people not knowing.”
The topic of Brexit and politics within comedy has become a bitter issue in recent years, and a study concluded the BBC’s comedy shows have a Left-wing bias.
The research by the Campaign for Common Sense (CCS) looked at comedy programmes on BBC 1, BBC 2 and Radio 4 over November 2020.
Programmes looked at included flagship ones such as Have I Got News for You with Ian Hislop and Paul Merton; the Graham Norton Show; Richard Osman’s House of Games Night; and Would I Lie to You with David Mitchell on BBC1.
The study shows that across the three channels reviewed, 141 comedians appeared on 364 programmes.
Of these slots, the research demonstrated, 74 percent were given to 99 comics with publicly pronounced Left-leaning, anti-Brexit or “woke” views.
Ahead of its publication, the Government had begun considerations over whether to slash the license fee as a result of perceived bias, as well as viewers moving to other platforms such as Netflix.
Fellow comic Marcus Brigstocke also spoke of the challenges Brexit had for comedians, particularly the understanding that many audiences will be split on the topic.
He told the Telegraph three years ago: “For the first time ever on tour I have people walking out every night – not hordes, but some. That’s unsettling. I have never before dealt with a subject as divisive and upsetting.
“It seems that for the most part Brexit is not just the hideous social and political turn we have taken as a country but is also comedic poison.”
Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, featuring Dee, is on Channel 4 tonight at 8pm.
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