The Strange Death of Comedy

Tell a joke now and who knows who you might offend? Identity politics is taking the fun out of just about everything. This is – no fooling – a very serious problem. Actor/Comedian Owen Benjamin explains why and what needs to be done about it.

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  1. Michael Kennedy
    Posted July 31, 2018 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to see Mort Sahl’s opinion of these. He was edgy before comics were edgy. I saw him live one time when I was in college and he referred to the Korean War as “World War 2.3.” He is 91 and I wonder if he ever comments publicly.

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  2. kishke
    Posted July 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Wait. He makes videos for Prager U? Racist.

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted July 31, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I have really enjoyed Seinfeld’s Netflix series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Enjoyed it not only for the interesting cars he brings, but he talks with comedians about their business. He was approached saying people would like him to do a talk show, and he said that he’d hate that format. First, because most of the people he’d hate to have to talk with for a specified time, and this format (the cars) is far more relaxed – 2 friends just going out for some coffee.

    Interesting what he says about college campuses – and true. He made a great point about them in one of his episodes that how strange it is that an institution that should foster free and open thinking represses all but the approved line. And they become the oppressors.

    He had a great talk with Michael Richards and of course his break down on stage and “losing his cool” was mentioned. . I didn’t realize how much that affected Richard’s life – he has refused to do any more stand up comedy.

    What a shame.

    He also made a great point that stayed with me: That you can take a comedian and make him an actor but you can’t take an actor and make him a comedian.

    My hat’s off to Jerry and his profession that he loves – one of the toughest professions to stand up before a crowd and make them laugh. I did ot realize how much work is behind those few minutes on stage.

    I do think today that people are just looking for ways to become “offended”.

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