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The Role of Comedy in Challenging Times - Front Row at the Edinburgh Festival

August 16th, 2016

Episode 1251 of 1333 episodes

Kirsty Lang is at the Edinburgh Festivals exploring how comedy, music, theatre and satire can help us navigate turbulent political times. David Brent is back, but this time he is dreaming big and taking his newly formed band Foregone Conclusion on tour in hopes of a record deal. Ricky Gervais and Ben Bailey Smith discuss the film and the accompanying album. The mythical figure of the Angel of Kobane is the subject of Henry Naylor's new play Angel, which has been getting rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. Henry reflects on tackling challenging material in his plays. Writer and musician Adam Kay explains why he's singing Tom Lehrer songs with a twist at this year's Fringe. And what's the role of comedy when politics feels beyond satire? Comedian and former Labour Special Advisor Ayesha Hazarika and political comedy veteran Rory Bremner discuss. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Ellie Bury.

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