Richard Herring: Death makes twits of us all

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Richard Herring looks at the bizarre habit of using social media to comment on someone's death (Picture: Rowan) Richard Herring looks at the bizarre habit of using social media to comment on someone’s death (Picture: Rowan)

My current tour show is all about death. It’s a controversial subject to try and joke about but I think we need to talk about it more. Because if we did we’d probably find it easier to cope with something that is, after all, 100 per cent inevitable
for everyone.

Instead, we clam up and get embarrassed, worried we’ll say the wrong thing. Or just spout platitudes. But the platitudes are often more offensive than saying nothing.

The one I hate is when a young man dies, who hasn’t got married and has no children, people will often say, as if this is reassuring: ‘Well, at least he didn’t have kids.’ What a horrible thing to say. You could argue our whole purpose in life is to procreate, it’s our genetic imperative…

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