Die for my country...? Erm, no thanks
I have always admired comedians. Even the ones I might not find very funny.
Firstly, they tend to be very intelligent, and with minds like sponges. Secondly, they are often well informed on deeply serious matters. They are fascinated by, and often well versed in, the big questions. And thirdly, they are brave. They have to be. There is always someone out there ready to accuse them of bad taste and myriad other sins because there are a lot of people who have no sense of humour.
These qualities were demonstrated by Andrew Maxwell during a radio chat with Ray D'Arcy recently. As they skipped from topic to topic Ray wondered out loud what Andrew thought of 1916 and gave him plenty of room to duck the topic. But instead we got a serious and informative interview for five minutes or so before they moved on to another topic.