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Ted Chippington

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Ted Chippington (born 1960) is a British stand-up comedian and entertainer. His act is one in which the conventions of his chosen craft are routinely flouted. Assuming a diffident on-stage persona (in contrast to the self-confident aura of most comics) and delivering his material in a West Midlands monotone, he eschews observational comedy in favour of anti-humour and jokes which are mostly variations on the same theme (see examples below), interspersed with his own versions of well-known songs performed in a similarly listless style. This approach has left many audiences bemused or even hostile (his legendary expertise at dealing with hecklers comes from frequent practice).

However, Ted’s deadpan style has also won him a small but devoted following. Probably his most notable fan is Stewart Lee, who has often cited Chippington as the reason he started doing stand-up comedy himself, and has described Ted’s act as being “a mixture of surrealism and insolent provocation and uncompromising boredom”. Another admirer, Richard Herring, talks of Chippington’s “contempt for the very idea of jokes”. For his part Ted - who describes his own act as being influenced by Lenny Bruce and Owd Grandad Piggott- says he is an “anti-comedian” and that he only started doing his act “to annoy people”. He has even claimed that his main reason for retiring from the stage in the 1990s was that he was becoming too popular.

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