Jon Canter, Jeremy Gerlis, Jonathan Maitland, Arabella Weir, David Aaronovitch 

25/02/2007 2:00 pm

Should everything be allowed in the name of free speech? How do we react to offensive cartoons? Can we make fun of the Holocaust? Are mothers sacred? Does criticizing Israel necessarily make you a self-hating Jew? Will comedy as a genre survive our politically correct and fearful age? These are some of the questions our witty and provocative panel addressed.

Jon Canter

Jon Canter is the author of two comic novels, Seeds of Greatness and A Short Gentleman and currently writing the third. He also writes stand-up comedy with Lenny Henry and regular comment pieces for The Guardian.

Jeremy Gerlis

Jeremy Gerlis’ cartoons for the Jewish Chronicle have been published in A Little Kosher Whine. He has recently created Roger, a character who wanders through life wearing no trousers.

Jonathan Maitland

Jonathan Maitland is a reporter on the Tonight programme with Trevor McDonald. He presented House of Horrors series, and Vote for Me. He is the author of How to Make Your Million from the Internet and How to Survive Your Mother in which he uncovers his mother’s amorality and unsavoury business practices.

Arabella Weir

Arabella Weir is a comedian, actress and writer, famous for her role in The Fast Show and books such as Does My Bum Look Big in This? and Onwards and Upwards. She writes forThe Guardian. Weir wrote and starred in Posh Nosh and contributes to Grumpy Old Women.

David Aaronovitch 

David Aaronovitch is a writer and broadcaster on culture, international affairs, politics and the media. A Times columnist, his books include Voodoo Histories. He runs. Or tries to.