Charlie Brooker bemoans Nigel Farage's comedy value, saying he made it hard to keep Election Wipe balanced

The comedy writer and columnist says that the Ukip leader is like somebody else's uncle at a wedding

Helen Nianias
Thursday 07 May 2015 13:56
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Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the Northwood Club in Ramsgate, Kent on St George’s Day
Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the Northwood Club in Ramsgate, Kent on St George’s Day

Charlie Brooker's satirical Election Wipe was praised for skewering modern politics, but he said that it was difficult being unbIased because of Nigel Farage's relentless clangers.

Describing how it's his job to be equally mean to all party leaders on the BBC2 programme, Brooker said: "He’s like somebody else’s uncle at a wedding that corners you and starts banging on about immigration, but people sort of like him because he seems authentic."

Brooker - who described David Cameron as "slippery", Ed Miliband as "comic" and Nick Clegg as "a microwaved Tony Blair" - said that it was difficult to find a defining funny moment during the election campaign.


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"There haven’t been any big banana skins anyone’s slipped on," he said.

"At the moment, they’ve been largely kept away from the public. Because usually those moments happen when the public comes up alongside them and everything goes unscripted. You get Prescott punching someone, and that hasn’t happened."

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