A Few Thoughts on Comedy

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I’m sure everybody reading this woke up today with the same thing in mind.

“I think I need to read another non-standup give his two cents on comedy”

With that being said, the reason I feel compelled to write about it is because it feels like most arguments I’m seeing are on two opposite ends of the spectrum. I wouldn’t even bother writing this if I was just going to rant about how insane “political correctness” has gotten or suggest that a comedian be labeled the vilest C-word I know:

“Cancelled”

Call me crazy (just not to my face) but I think there is a true middle ground between the two.

A fundamental truth that I believe in is that everybody should be allowed to say anything in the game of trying to make people laugh. Race, Religion, Sex, Politics, or Raisins (if your last name is Seinfeld) should be on the table without a doubt.

However, where I find myself starting to disagree with this “anything goes” philosophy is that it seems to spawn an underlying belief  that whatever is said shouldn’t be scrutinized in any way. Comedians should 100% have the power and authority to say whatever they deem fit but the audience always holds the power to decide whether they like it or not.

That’s the beauty of comedy.

A guy like Dave Chappelle is a legend in the industry and for good reason because he has  dropped some of the best specials of this generation not to mention classic skits from the iconic Chapelle Show. He doesn’t care what his audience thinks and he is always true to himself. For those reasons- I’m a fan.

Also, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t laugh at most of his recent special.

Ok, so you laughed at the special, doesn’t that mean Chappelle did his job?

Well, yes, but just because someone does their job doesn’t make them employee of the month.

The best specials to me are the ones that in some way form or better yet change the way in which the viewer sees the world.

Wowww- you’re one of those guys who thinks comedians are more than just clowns.

Yeah; I am.

The bottom line of comedy is getting laughs- there’s no doubt about it. But there’s something special about comedy that changes how a person thinks.

The jokes in the special about Michael Jackson and his alleged victims for example were funny to me- but definitely not mind altering.

I don’t want to ramble on too long because I have never gotten up myself and tried to make a crowd of strangers laugh but there’s just one more aspect of this whole thing I want to touch on.

You know the old cliché “No publicity is bad publicity”? Could that be any more relevant here?

The people who love Chappelle are still going to love him and probably love him even more. The people who hate Chappelle are going to call for his career to be over, write terrible blog posts about him (which I’m not intending for this to be), and do other nonsense like that which they don’t even realize encourages people to watch his “problematic” comedy special. Dare I say- these people are “part of the problem” too?

Anyways, I wanted to write this today because podcast #1 of the year is coming within the next couple of days and this is definitely going to be a topic of discussion. We have a very special guest and I’m excited to hear what he has to say about the matter (amongst other things).

So that’s that; Happy Humpday.

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