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Jane Vernon
2018-07-22 07:38:43 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.

I was very disappointed. It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme. It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid. Sigh.

What do otherrats think?
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2018-07-22 07:59:59 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed. It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme. It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid. Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
Haven’t heard it yet! Not up yet! No breakfast yet! 😊. Will listen to
the omni if its bearable. I fear it won’t br.
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Mike
2018-07-22 08:00:54 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed. It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme. It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid. Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
And now... No F in New click
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Sid Nuncius
2018-07-22 09:01:58 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
Sadly, I agree. One or two amusing moments, but generally it was thin,
not very original material and the presentation was pretty clunky. It
may find its feet after a programme or two, I suppose, but I'm not all
that hopeful.

It reminds me a little of things like that TV series The Real McCoy in
the 90s, featuring black and Asian comedians, and a radio series The
Right Time, featuring older comedians. Both had their moments, but
really weren't very funny most of the time. I'm all for encouraging and
giving more of a platform to groups who are under-represented in comedy,
but it does no good, IMO, to try to promote minority talent (or whatever
the phrase is) with inferior programmes. It's just embarrassing, and if
anything it sets the cause back. Goodness Gracious Me didn't make a big
thing about Promoting Asian Talent; it just was what it was - and it was
brilliant.

I'd rather see more of the many excellent female comedians appearing on
established panel shows, giving a better gender balance than we usually
see at the moment, than things like F in News.
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Vicky Ayech
2018-07-22 09:26:56 UTC
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Post by Jane Vernon
I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
Sadly, I agree. One or two amusing moments, but generally it was thin,
not very original material and the presentation was pretty clunky. It
may find its feet after a programme or two, I suppose, but I'm not all
that hopeful.
It reminds me a little of things like that TV series The Real McCoy in
the 90s, featuring black and Asian comedians, and a radio series The
Right Time, featuring older comedians. Both had their moments, but
really weren't very funny most of the time. I'm all for encouraging and
giving more of a platform to groups who are under-represented in comedy,
but it does no good, IMO, to try to promote minority talent (or whatever
the phrase is) with inferior programmes. It's just embarrassing, and if
anything it sets the cause back. Goodness Gracious Me didn't make a big
thing about Promoting Asian Talent; it just was what it was - and it was
brilliant.
I'd rather see more of the many excellent female comedians appearing on
established panel shows, giving a better gender balance than we usually
see at the moment, than things like F in News.
I agree. I have a friend who is disabled and an actress/comedian. I
went to early performances where she was one of a group of disabled
women. They did satrical sketches and some were good, pointed and
quite funny but not first class. I was a bit sad as they got by a
little on people wanting them to BE. Some got better and now a couple
have made it and are of merchantable quality. It has to be that or
does a disservice, I feel.
the Omrud
2018-07-22 10:24:43 UTC
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Post by Jane Vernon
I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless. My main gripe is that it's in the wrong slot.
Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy. It's not for
improvised chat by mildly funny people. I would have tolerated it more
on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
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Jane Vernon
2018-07-22 11:13:46 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong slot.
 Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's not for
improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have tolerated it more
on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
Yes, that's a good point.
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Sid Nuncius
2018-07-22 11:15:40 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong slot.
 Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's not for
improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have tolerated it more
on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
True dat.
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John Finlay
2018-07-23 09:31:24 UTC
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Post by Jane Vernon
I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong
slot.   Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's not
for improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have tolerated it
more on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
True dat.
Does all the above give credence to some people's opinion that women
just aren't as funny as men are....or was the programme mis(s)-scheduled?
Sid Nuncius
2018-07-23 09:48:04 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a
women-only comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two
points, I'm afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong
slot.   Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's
not for improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have
tolerated it more on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
True dat.
Does all the above give credence to some people's opinion that women
just aren't as funny as men are....or was the programme mis(s)-scheduled?
It was mis-scheduled and the women they assembled (even Zoe Lyons,
unusually) weren't very funny this time.

I think the notion that women just aren't as funny as men was absurd in
the first place and has been publicly and entirely routed by the likes
of Joyce Grenfell, Shazia Mirza, Linda Smith, Sandi Toksvig, Victoria
Wood, Catherine Ryan, Gina Yashere, Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh,
Diane Morgan, Lucy Porter, Shappi Khosandi[1], Angela Barnes, Catherine
Parkinson...you get my point.

[1]I think I've got a bit of a thing for Shappi Khorsandi, but don't
tell wofe. (There's no point, she knows already.)
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Jenny M Benson
2018-07-23 10:45:30 UTC
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I think the notion that women just aren't as funny as men was absurd in
the first place and has been publicly and entirely routed by the likes
of Joyce Grenfell, Shazia Mirza, Linda Smith, Sandi Toksvig, Victoria
Wood, Catherine Ryan, Gina Yashere, Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh,
Diane Morgan, Lucy Porter, Shappi Khosandi[1], Angela Barnes, Catherine
Parkinson...you get my point.
Yes, an impressive collection, but how many male comics would you
consider as funny or funnier as them?

Bring back The Petticoat Line, I say!
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LFS
2018-07-23 13:57:05 UTC
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I think the notion that women just aren't as funny as men was absurd
in the first place and has been publicly and entirely routed by the
likes of Joyce Grenfell, Shazia Mirza, Linda Smith, Sandi Toksvig,
Victoria Wood, Catherine Ryan, Gina Yashere, Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe,
Holly Walsh, Diane Morgan, Lucy Porter, Shappi Khosandi[1], Angela
Barnes, Catherine Parkinson...you get my point.
Yes, an impressive collection, but how many male comics would you
consider as funny or funnier as them?
Bring back The Petticoat Line, I say!
John Finnemore is very funny. I think he's *almost* as good as Victoria
Wood. And I find Milton Jones very funny too. I only have to look at him
to start laughing before he's even opened his mouth. Tommy Cooper did
that to me, too.
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Mike
2018-07-23 14:49:58 UTC
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I think the notion that women just aren't as funny as men was absurd
in the first place and has been publicly and entirely routed by the
likes of Joyce Grenfell, Shazia Mirza, Linda Smith, Sandi Toksvig,
Victoria Wood, Catherine Ryan, Gina Yashere, Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe,
Holly Walsh, Diane Morgan, Lucy Porter, Shappi Khosandi[1], Angela
Barnes, Catherine Parkinson...you get my point.
Yes, an impressive collection, but how many male comics would you
consider as funny or funnier as them?
Bring back The Petticoat Line, I say!
John Finnemore is very funny. I think he's *almost* as good as Victoria
Wood. And I find Milton Jones very funny too. I only have to look at him
to start laughing before he's even opened his mouth. Tommy Cooper did
that to me, too.
TC was a ‘visual’ comic I think.
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Btms
2018-07-23 17:47:20 UTC
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I think the notion that women just aren't as funny as men was absurd
in the first place and has been publicly and entirely routed by the
likes of Joyce Grenfell, Shazia Mirza, Linda Smith, Sandi Toksvig,
Victoria Wood, Catherine Ryan, Gina Yashere, Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe,
Holly Walsh, Diane Morgan, Lucy Porter, Shappi Khosandi[1], Angela
Barnes, Catherine Parkinson...you get my point.
Yes, an impressive collection, but how many male comics would you
consider as funny or funnier as them?
Bring back The Petticoat Line, I say!
John Finnemore is very funny. I think he's *almost* as good as Victoria
Wood. And I find Milton Jones very funny too. I only have to look at him
to start laughing before he's even opened his mouth. Tommy Cooper did
that to me, too.
I was in a pub when Tommy Cooper came in and ordered a drink. The he
revised his order. I had real trouble stifling my laughter. He wasn’t
meaning to be funny. He wasn’t funny but somehow,he was very funny.

Milton Jones humour is just a lot of puns. Very amusing but nowhere near
Vic Woods i ho.
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2018-07-23 14:21:01 UTC
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I think the notion that women just aren't as funny as men was absurd in
the first place and has been publicly and entirely routed by the likes
of Joyce Grenfell, Shazia Mirza, Linda Smith, Sandi Toksvig, Victoria
Wood, Catherine Ryan, Gina Yashere, Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh,
Diane Morgan, Lucy Porter, Shappi Khosandi[1], Angela Barnes, Catherine
Parkinson...you get my point.
Yes, an impressive collection, but how many male comics would you
consider as funny or funnier as them?
Bring back The Petticoat Line, I say!
😆
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Sid Nuncius
2018-07-24 18:22:40 UTC
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I think the notion that women just aren't as funny as men was absurd
in the first place and has been publicly and entirely routed by the
likes of Joyce Grenfell, Shazia Mirza, Linda Smith, Sandi Toksvig,
Victoria Wood, Catherine Ryan, Gina Yashere, Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe,
Holly Walsh, Diane Morgan, Lucy Porter, Shappi Khosandi[1], Angela
Barnes, Catherine Parkinson...you get my point.
Yes, an impressive collection, but how many male comics would you
consider as funny or funnier as them?
Oh, quite a lot - but I agree with Laura; it's not a matter of gender,
people are either funny or they're not.

I've just this minute received a mailing from Bush Hall, which is just a
short nun's canter from here, inviting people to a recording of Where's
The F In News tomorrow evening. I think I'll pass; it's 7.00pm to
9.30pm which is a gruelling stint. I begin to flag if a TNQ recording
goes much over an hour, however funny it is, so 2.5 hours of possibly
not-that-good comedy doesn't appeal much.

(If anyrat does fancy it, details are here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wheres-the-f-in-news-tickets-46928584660 )
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Jane Vernon
2018-07-23 11:22:11 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a
women-only comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two
points, I'm afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong
slot.   Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's
not for improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have
tolerated it more on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
True dat.
Does all the above give credence to some people's opinion that women
just aren't as funny as men are....or was the programme mis(s)-scheduled?
Well, if you choose less funny women and air the programme at a peak
time, then naturally they're going to give credence to the opinion.
This is mainly my objection.

Why didn't they use funnier women, then, I hear you ask. Because they
are already doing other programmes, albeit in a minority with male
comedians.
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2018-07-23 13:57:46 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a
women-only comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two
points, I'm afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong
slot.   Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's
not for improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have
tolerated it more on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
True dat.
Does all the above give credence to some people's opinion that women
just aren't as funny as men are....or was the programme mis(s)-scheduled?
Well, if you choose less funny women and air the programme at a peak
time, then naturally they're going to give credence to the opinion. This
is mainly my objection.
Why didn't they use funnier women, then, I hear you ask.  Because they
are already doing other programmes, albeit in a minority with male
comedians.
I think the writing was poor. I didn't look to see the gender of the
writers.
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the Omrud
2018-07-23 15:17:53 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a
women-only comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two
points, I'm afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong
slot.   Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's
not for improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have
tolerated it more on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
True dat.
Does all the above give credence to some people's opinion that women
just aren't as funny as men are....or was the programme
mis(s)-scheduled?
Well, if you choose less funny women and air the programme at a peak
time, then naturally they're going to give credence to the opinion.
This is mainly my objection.
Why didn't they use funnier women, then, I hear you ask.  Because they
are already doing other programmes, albeit in a minority with male
comedians.
I think the writing was poor. I didn't look to see the gender of the
writers.
I'm not convinced there was much writing. I suspect it was mostly
unscripted.
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LFS
2018-07-23 13:54:41 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a
women-only comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two
points, I'm afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong
slot.   Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's
not for improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have
tolerated it more on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
True dat.
Does all the above give credence to some people's opinion that women
just aren't as funny as men are....or was the programme mis(s)-scheduled?
Some women are extremely funny. Think Victoria Wood and Fascinating
Aida. Some men are not funny at all. Think Count Arthur Strong (shudder).

I don't think the weakness of the programme had anything to do with
gender, could just as easily have been men or even a mixed group. I
think the writing was weak.

I am fed up with all this discussion about gender in comedy. What
matters is that people are funny.
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Post by Jane Vernon
I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a
women-only comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two
points, I'm afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong
slot.   Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's
not for improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have
tolerated it more on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
Good point.
I also agree on the 'harmless' - it didn't make me laugh (it takes a lot to
do that) but I smiled once or twice and it didn't have me reaching for the
mute button.
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Does all the above give credence to some people's opinion that women
just aren't as funny as men are....or was the programme mis(s)-scheduled?
Some women are extremely funny. Think Victoria Wood and Fascinating
Aida. Some men are not funny at all. Think Count Arthur Strong (shudder).
He, or indeed the very foretelling of him, always makes me reach for Mute.
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I don't think the weakness of the programme had anything to do with
gender, could just as easily have been men or even a mixed group. I
think the writing was weak.
I am fed up with all this discussion about gender in comedy. What
matters is that people are funny.
Indeed.
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Post by Jane Vernon
I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a
women-only comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two
points, I'm afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
It was weak but harmless.  My main gripe is that it's in the wrong
slot.   Friday 18:30 is for highly-polished scripted comedy.  It's
not for improvised chat by mildly funny people.  I would have
tolerated it more on a Tuesday evening at 23:00 (e.g.)
Good point.
I also agree on the 'harmless' - it didn't make me laugh (it takes a lot to
do that) but I smiled once or twice and it didn't have me reaching for the
mute button.
That's very much how I felt about it, as well.
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2018-07-23 17:48:07 UTC
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I am fed up with all this discussion about gender in comedy. What
matters is that people are funny.
<languid wave>
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I am fed up with all this discussion about gender in comedy. What
matters is that people are funny.
<languid wave>
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2018-07-23 18:47:28 UTC
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I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
I haven't heard it yet. As it was on Friday at 6:30, I was expecting to
hear it as the Friday Night Comedy podcast, but that is offering me
"Newsjack Unplugged", something that I am finding truly unfunny.

I do wonder why "No F in News" should be deemed worthy of going in that
slot, but not in the podcast that usually delivers whatever is aired in
then.
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Post by Jane Vernon
I listened to Friday's episode with my Sunday breakfast; I usually
listen to the Friday evening comedy at this time.
I was very disappointed.  It seems to be being pushed as a women-only
comedy programme.  It only delivered on one of the two points, I'm
afraid.  Sigh.
What do otherrats think?
I haven't heard it yet. As it was on Friday at 6:30, I was expecting to
hear it as the Friday Night Comedy podcast, but that is offering me
"Newsjack Unplugged", something that I am finding truly unfunny.
I do wonder why "No F in News" should be deemed worthy of going in that
slot, but not in the podcast that usually delivers whatever is aired in
then.
Agreed on all points.
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