Yeah, that’s pretty common, apparently.
"I expected dry, nasty, crude humour, yes, but unimaginative humour poking fun at the stereotype of people with Down syndrome was not something that I expected. (…)
"I wanted to break through their prejudices and to show how wrong the stereotypes are. But instead all I did was make people think I was someone who couldn’t appreciate live stand-up comedy. Which isn’t the case at all."
I don’t follow Frankie Boyle. I don’t know his comedy. This is apparently a new bit, because I don’t see it on video anywhere on the web.
It is worthy of note, though, that the comedy tour he’s on is “Would Happily Punch Every One Of You In The Face.”
Pretty much the same situation I had on the blog here – a site where I call other tech pundits retards from time to time isn’t really a place where there’s going to be a lot of mentally handicapped kids. Similarly, you’re not going to find a lot of Down’s Syndrome kids at a comedy show, I’m guessing (or at least one not called “Would Happily Punch Every One Of You In The Face”).
I can understand being at a comedy show and the comedian starting in on a topic from a position of ignorance, and the comedy completely missing the mark and making him look dumb. Happens to me all the time, particularly when normally good comedians decide to go political (witness: Bill Maher. He used to be funny.).
Of course, when it’s the Daily Mail (the source material for this post), anyone and anything is liable to be a headline. Even when someone goes to a comedy show and hears a joke.