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Ben Elton believes modern-day comedians have to be much more creative today compared to when he was starting out as a stand-up. The creator of Blackadder sympathised with new comedians ahead of his new one-off revival of the Channel 4 show Friday Night Live.

The comedian has had success on TV as a stand-up and also as a writer for musicals, most famously as the creator of the worldwide hit We Will Rock You.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Ben shared his views on the hottest topic of modern-day comedy: Cancel culture.

When asked about his thoughts on modern sitcoms, he declared: “I think it’s a shame that there are no rules.

“We were so lucky because we had all these very difficult strict rules – ‘you can’t swear, you can’t talk about sex’.”

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He continued: “It meant we had to be very creative to find ways to do just that.

“But if you’re basically able to say anything, then nobody’s going to bother thinking of any more interesting way of saying it.”

However, the TV legend insisted he did not disagree with the idea of being politically correct or woke.

He added: “There is now a new way of thinking, and you will be required to think it. Much of these new ideas, but I’m slightly worried about being told I have to.”

Ben Elton first appeared on TV screens in 1981, leading the new wave of comedians hitting the mainstream.

As well as performing on stage with comedians like Harry Enfield, most of his huge success came behind the scenes.

He was part of the stellar writing team with Rik Mayall, Lise Mayer and Alexei Sayle behind the classic and surreal comedy the Young Ones.

Ben later wrote Blackadder with Love Actually creator Richard Curtis and Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson.

The star also revealed he is constantly in touch with Richard trying to reprise the legendary sitcom but unfortunately there are no plans for the show’s return.

The writer previously explained to Express.co.uk in December 2021 why he feels he is less present on TV screens than he once was.

He reflected: “Benny Hill wasn’t cancelled, he just didn’t get a gig anymore. The same thing happened to Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, the same thing happened to me,” says Ben.

“I tried to get back on the telly in 2002 and was basically told, ‘You’re past it’.

“I don’t think I am, but you get your chance and I had a really good chance so I can’t complain and nor could Benny Hill.

“I know everyone thinks I killed him off. But believe me, television just thought it was over for him.”

He continued: “Eric and Ernie were only at the top for about eight years and they were the greatest comics of all.”

“Whatever alternative comedy was, and, believe me, we didn’t coin the phrase, it wasn’t a political or social project,” he summarised.

Friday Night Live returns to Channel 4 on October 21

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