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Ronnie Corbett confused by "outrageous" Frankie Boyle

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Comedy legend Ronnie Corbett has claimed that he would like a chat with Frankie Boyle about his confrontational style of humour.

Corbett said that he wasn't a fan of the Scottish stand-up's brand of caustic comedy, but revealed that he was intrigued by Boyle's motivations.

"Oh my gosh. Yes. It's not for me to say, but being outrageous is his territory," Corbett told the Radio Times.

"I'd be interested to chat to him to see why he wants to upset people. I don't understand it."

He also claimed that comedy was "grosser" today than when The Two Ronnies were on-screen in the '70s and '80s.

"We did Donald McGill, seaside-postcard stuff - middle of the road. We knew what mums, dads and children would understand and enjoy without resentment. I don't see the requirement to upset people," he said.

"You're there to entertain and please. We'd never do anything tasteless. There's enough to make fun of without offending. Our comedy was light-hearted amusement that seemingly tripped naturally off the tongue. That's why I don't think it will date."

Corbett has filmed an ITV series about his favourite comics, touring the country interviewing stars including Miranda Hart, David Mitchell and Matt Lucas.

Taking a swipe at the current state of TV comedy, Corbett also lamented the influx of straight stand-up shows and panel series.

"There are also a superfluous amount of stand-up programmes," he said.

"You long to have them talk to each other or do a little sketch. I watch the wonderful Dara O'Briain refereeing Mock the Week where they all compete with each other. I wouldn't be on that. It frightens the life out of me."

Ronnie Corbett's Comedy Britain will air on ITV later this month.

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