Richard Herring | Talking Cock
Words: Caroline Foran
Cock. Why are we so afraid of the word 'cock'? Is it offensive? Not really. We don't mind saying boobs. Or boobies *giggleslikeaschoolgirl* so why are we so bashful where a man's *whispers* penis is concerned? Why is there so much shame and embarrassment directed toward what is actually just "a perfectly normal if slightly odd-looking body part"? Comedian Richard Herring wants to find out and as it happens, so do I.
His nose is somewhat out of joint of late and rightly so because the powers that be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have taken to altering the title of his freshly reprised show "Talking Cock: The Second Coming" for fear that festival goers will respond in a not-so-pleasant manner this August. Having censored it for the programme, the show must now be known as "Talking C*ck". Because that asterics banishes all associations with willies. (Hehehe)
"By censoring this word, the monsters putting together the Fringe programme are actually tipping kids off to the fact that the word has an extra, slightly rude definition," says Herring, thus hampering people's experience of the show.
"The prurience and shame directed towards a perfectly normal (if slightly odd-looking) body part is one of the things I want to investigate in this show... Shouldn't we be celebrating the schmuck? Bigging up the bald-headed mouse? Eulogising the yoghurt-spitting sausage?... Why are we too shy to talk about Kojak's moneybox anyway? We're all here because of our dad's Jack the Dripper and most of us get pleasure from the Spurt Reynolds one way or the other, even if it's just to laugh at one when someone's put a pair of spectacles on it."
As per Digital Spy, Herring has set up two online questionnaires regarding the "spam javelin" for both men and women to answer. The anonymous results will then be used as part of the new show.
It being the 21st century, I'd suggest the Edinburgh Festival organisers take themselves up to the castle, find themselves a nice grassy patch and proceed to take a leaf out of Zooey Deschanel's book (see below) to make themselves more comfortable with a very normal body part.
All together now, "PENIS!"
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Tuesday 22nd May 2012 | Comedy
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