I really love comedy but I've grown to really despise comedians. Most are really nice people when you talk to them in person but most tend to fit a profile. They're many things at once on opposite sides of the spectrum. They tend to be the most un-confident-confident people in the galaxy. The way they speak on the internet is far from how they talk in person. Online, you'd think they had a spine. Most, are also horribly unfunny which is a problem for obvious reasons. They seem to not understand their craft. Many don't understand satire and in an effort to be "inclusive" have made many subjects off-limits so most of them just bitch about their Dad's and other heterosexual white men, comic books or the worst of the worst...REPULICANS. Granted, those are also some of my favorite people to trash but I also like the variety of anyone being a target because there are a lot of A-Hole's in every subset. Also, their only "People of Color" friend is the black dude who is nice to them at Open Mic's just in case they ever put on a show and want to be booked. One of our friends that moved to Los Angeles to continue a comedy career said it's even worse over there and I believe it. Make an off-color joke that doesn't pop and you might be banned forever. Poof, your dream is dead because the dunce that runs the open mic is thinks your "having a hard time with chop sticks" joke bombed. I saw it with my own eyes; a pink dreadlocked, drunk woman curse out a comic out in the middle of the open mic because he refereed to his dog as a "bitch". I heard about one of these local "comics" calling for a boycott of Dave Chappelle over his transgender joke in his latest Netflix special. Yea, good luck with that. I saw on Facebook, a comic who now lives in Portland, Oregon post a picture of a swastika with a heart drawn around it on her car with a "This was on my car this morning. Fucking. Portland." caption because as we know, Portland is known for it's large intolerant Nazi population. They can't decipher basic satire because they're either dumb or intentionally naive, perhaps both. Dude, it's a JOKE. They are MESSING with you. As Zac pointed out, it's the equivalent of drawing a penis. Go to any public school bathroom and it's filled with drawings of dicks and swastikas because they're awful things to draw. It's a juvenile act that still makes most of us giggle, even as adults. THEY'RE FUCKING WITH YOU! If you're going to make jokes the first thing you need to be able to do is to take a joke. Nothing should be off limits, give things a chance to be funny because trust me, if you don't laugh with all the things going on in this world, you will certainly cry.
They're not all bad though. Ali from Zebra Corner, a homegrown Tampa Bay sketch comedy collective anchored by the fan favorite character "Mahk" stopped by this week to talk about how the group got started and going viral earlier this week with their hilarious parody of an Apple and NASCAR commercial:
Zac Townsend, banned occasional co-host is on this one too. The ban was temporarily lifted, however, it is now back in full effect. We talk about the local comedy scene in Tampa Bay, the challenges of navigating the entertainment industry and the rise of new media. Check out the podcast here:
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