You may, like the Old Vic's artistic director Kevin Spacey, describe such puns as "a perfect celebration of the Old Vic's vaudeville history and a great deal of fun".Or you might call it distasteful smut that has no place at all in a show in which young children will form a large part of the audience.As well as the filth, there are also those moments when Fry can't resist showing off what a hugely clever fellow he is.Thus Cinderella's innocent question: "Is it possible to be too good, Buttons?"It's like an itch that you have to scratch," Luke Bovard, a 23-year-old graduate student at Canada's University of Waterloo, explained matter-of-factly, leaning back on a Brooklyn park bench during a recent visit to New York City.
Masturbation doesn't make you sexual, says sex expert Lori Brotto.' I admit the finding did surprise me, too," said Brotto, the director of the University of British Columbia's Sexual Health Laboratory."When you talk about masturbation, you may think of it as a sexual activity, but actually masturbation is not inherently sexual.But producer Kevin Wood of FFE credits Winkler – who for several years was a superb Captain Hook – with starting the trend in 2006."Everyone asks him about it in the States," Wood tells me, "and he's brought us a lot of new artists because he always tells them they must do it."Wood says he describes panto to Americans as "Disney stories performed in a vaudeville style" – which covers the sparkly bits, but avoids mention of jokes about flatulence-inducing sprouts and men with large false bosoms playing women of a certain age; one wonders how many of them have taken a close look at their contracts when they receive their scripts.