Sir Lenny Henry compares contemporary comedy to punk

Sir Lenny Henry has said the comedy world's reaction to the current political climate reminds him of punk in the late 1970s.

The comic and actor, 59, has also said while he did not include politics in his repertoire when he was a young comedian, he would "have a go" if he was starting out now.

Sir Lenny told Radio Times: 'The past 10 years, we've been waiting for a bit of anarchy.

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Reminiscent: Sir Lenny Henry has said the comedy world's reaction to the current political climate reminds him of punk in the late 1970s

Reminiscent: Sir Lenny Henry has said the comedy world's reaction to the current political climate reminds him of punk in the late 1970s

'We've now got a moment of complete and utter political madness and it doesn't seem like anybody knows what's going on.

'There's a need for sensitivity, and the opposite, too - for somebody to kick down the door of whatever the taboos are.'

Sir Lenny said that comedians "have got very excited" in recent times, and added: 'There's a slow, growing thing of comedians getting braver and I love that. It's like the late 1970s all over again. It reminds me of punk.' 

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