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Corporate Approved ‘Comedians’ Perform Virtue Signalling, Not Comedy

Some readers might remember a couple of my previous posts in which I wrote that most female comedians were not funny and that watching female comedians is largely about virtue signalling. Most of you, probably, did not notice something else I wrote in those posts- namely that most comics (male or female) are not funny. Yes.. you heard that right. It has long been my opinion that most comics are not especially funny or talented. That is why most of us can recall only a few super-talented ones such as Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, Eugene Levy, Larry David, Ricky Gervais and George Carlin. And yes.. I know that was not an exhaustive list. Nonetheless, my point stands and most are not funny- even if you were drunk or high while watching them.

And this brings me to the issue of corporate media approved ‘comedians’. In case you are wondering what I am talking about and why the word comedians was highlighted in previous sentence- let me ask you a simple question. Have you ever found most late-night comedy shows to be funny? Now.. I know that humor is subjective and all, but how many of you think that Dave Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert ever were (or are) good comedians? Sure.. once in a while they did material which was genuinely funny. But most of the time, they sucked and this is not a new phenomena. Try watching YouTube clips of Johnny Carson as a late-night comedy show host. He sucked a lot, most of the time. And yet, all of got very rich doing that same gig for multiple decades. But why were they so highly paid?

Well.. it comes down to one simple reason. They were corporation and establishment approved, which was absolutely necessary to be on TV or any other pre-internet media. But why were they “corporation approved” in the first place? To answer that, let me pose a counter question- Do you think somebody like Richard Pryor or George Carlin could have ever gotten a late-night comedy show in the pre-internet era? Were they untalented or unwilling? Or was it something else? Long story short, they would have never gotten a late-night show gig because anybody with a spine, self-respect or genuine connection to their core audience would be seen as highly problematic and undesirable by corporate types. Instead they prefer milquetoast “comedians” who could be relied upon to do anything, say anything or support any cause as ordered.

Which brings me to a recent article by Michael Tracey in which he bemoans the fact that late-night TV in USA has become a tedious monoculture where every host thinks that he (or she) is subversive because of expressing hate for Trump. To illustrate his point he links to a number of clips from recent late-night TV shows which contain an almost identical theme, namely Robert Mueller as a Santa Claus who will magically indict and provide evidence of Trump ‘colluding with Russia” leading to the later’s impeachment and arrest. Tracey points out writing entire skits and shows around one (or more) Trump’s daily brain-farts is increasingly being portrayed as a brave act of #resistance- when it is not. The darkly comic part of all these sad attempts at “comedy” is that these “comedians” end up looking like cynical purveyors of pseudo-subversiveness.

More relevantly, he points out even an alleged “maverick” late-night comedy host such as Jon Stewart only started poking fun at Bush43 once it became obvious that everything the later touched had turned to shit. In other words, even the “bravest” comedian appeared to grow a pair only after they knew it was totally safe to do so. Even then, Stewart largely avoiding talking about the truly disastrous effects of policies followed Bush43.. you know like all that depressing stuff about mass civilian casualties and effects of Shia-Sunni civil war in Iraq until it became obvious that the tide of public opinion had turned against that president. Then again, one cannot expect moral courage and ability to introspect from corporate lackeys and dancing monkeys. Oh ya.. Stewart was also really quiet about all the shit that went on during the Obama44 presidency.

Anyway, my point is that all these mainstream and establishment-approved “comedians” are dancing monkeys who got lucky. While I do not deny that some of them may, at one time, have displayed evidence of real comedic genius- it is safe to say that ability was lost or buried years before they decided to kiss corporate ass. But why does any of this matter today anymore than it did a decade or two ago? Well.. because it is really obvious in 2018 in a way that it was not in 2008 or 1998 (or before)- for a number of reasons. While we can all agree that the orange-haired idiot is an incompetent loser, he has not yet started some new unwinnable war or two (like Bush43) or deported record number of Latino immigrants (like Obama44). Nor have his past sexual misadventures been any worse than past presidents (Clinton42, JFK etc).

Let us be realistic.. the lives and behavior of most past presidents have seldom been worthy of emulation. For example, the guy on the 2 dollar bill was banging his 14-year old slave (who was also his wife’s half-sister). Over a dozen past presidents owned slaves. Nixon was responsible for the deaths and disability of millions of innocent people in Cambodia and the subsequent rise of Pol-Pot. And yet we hardly hear mainstream comedians ever mention these things. For example- Nixon was (and is) the butt of jokes for his paranoid and vindictive behavior towards other politicians, rather than all the shitty and genocidal stuff he ordered in SE Asia. My point is that corporate approved “comedians” are dumping (ineffectually, I might add) on Trump for reasons that are all about virtue signalling, rather than for its comedic value or moral courage.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    December 12, 2018 at 2:56 am

    The real reason corporations actively stymie people who can connect with an audience, is because they are both harder to control, and cause people to think.

    The comedians you mention, along with Patrice O’ Neal, have the tendency to say the game is rigged, therefore don’t kill yourself trying to keep pace with cheaters, and be wary because much of the world is crooked.

    Those things stop people from getting quickly outraged (leading to higher ad views) or afraid (leading to consumer spending) – a lot of selling, is based on the idea “your life is worth less because you are living it without our product!”

    A person who connects with an audience and has demonstrable moral fibre, is harder to fire and harder to threaten to toe the line. The protocol has been laid out that entertainment is supposed to make you forget the real world AND stop thinking … and those that go along with it to present in such a way to an audience, get access to money. It’s no wonder many of these entertainers develop alcohol- and drug-dependencies, denying the impulse to shout “The emperor has no clothes” is a lot like stifling your emotions at work … it poisons the body and the mind, but especially when bullshit is the staple.

  2. Someone
    December 12, 2018 at 3:40 am

    I don’t stay up that late anyway but all of them are not even that funny. I really miss Jay Leno and going back even further Johnny Carson. Anyone remember Benny Hill? He would be lynched in the media today.

    Jimmy Kimmel is the ultimate douche since the last time he was worth a damn was when he was doing ‘The Man Show’ with Adam Corrolla (name?).

    I like a good joke about those who say they are in charge, but it’s non stop lame jokes about Trump every damn night. Trevor Noah, a fake American, really needs to be butt raped and then deported back to South Africa.

    • December 12, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Andrew Dice Clay and the mythical character of Al Bundy would be blacklisted in today’s grand scheme of things – since third/fourth wave feminists would say they “lack morals and respect for women” and “teach young boys misogyny”. I’ve actually hears some of these old fat white hags say that before.

    • December 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      American Culture exploded in the 1910s and reached its peak in the 1970s (Richard Pryor, rock n roll, great films, Mel Brooks, etc.). Yeah, yeah, I know people say the Sopranos and Breaking Bad but those are two rare diamonds in an ocean of bullshit that is modern American “culture”. Europeans, whatever you think about them, have had steady, consistent good shit for hundreds of years (from Goethe to the modern Dardenne brothers). Some years were better than others.

      American novels, movies, comedy, arts, everything are in sharp decline and have been for awhile. It mirrors the economical/political decline of the United States. It mirrors the sharp rise and equally sharp fall of America. There’s still good edgy comedy out there but you gotta go out to see real live shows, not TV, not online.

  3. Neo
    December 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I was once on a Red Eye flight, and the comedy track was the only media offering which appealed to me. It featured Rodney Dangerfield, and I admit to laughing through the entire track, even awakening some nearby passengers with my insufficient attempts to not disturb them. The rest of the track was less inspiring,so I looked forward to the replay of Rodney. It wasn’t funny the second time. I decided that it was his delivery which made his jokes funny, and not the content.

    Lenny Bruce was infamous for his comedy, yet in listening to what few recordings of his work exist, it was the fact that he would inject very sketchy current event topics into his jokes that made them work. I doubt that Pinky the Hospital Orderly would even raise an eyebrow today. So what this points out is that that timing is everything.

    That timing includes the time period each of the classic comics worked in. Back when Carson was at his peak, you didn’t have hundreds of other options on cable. He essentially had no competition. I doubt he’d even be noticed today.

    The same works for Bob Hope. Most of his jokes fall flat today because we live in different times.

    The one comic which I believe definitely fits the topic of this post is Ellen DeGeneris. Her first time on Carson’s show was a classic bit. I even remember the local news shows playing snippets of her bit. She was featured everywhere for the better part of a week. She won a sitcom eventually, only to have it crash and burn once she came out. I honestly wonder where she’d now be if she didn’t have her tepid daytime show.

    What I see network execs feared about DeGeneris is what is definitely happening now. A very hot topic today is women leaving men for women. You know this is a hot topic when both a major media corporation AND Oprah are covering it.

    What makes this funny to me is that women are about to find out that we men knew what we were talking about when MGTOW and MRA became common among us. They will discover just how impossible they are to live with, which is what makes their plight funny to men. We will have much to laugh about, because no one is harder on a woman than another woman.

    Popcorn, anyone?

  4. WISEard
    December 13, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Pardon my INGlish, and Pardon the others is what Trump is likely going to do.
    I’m not really a Wizard/WiseArd/Vizier. I’m not a Republican or Democrat. I try to avoid politics. Similar to how Democrats should not be so much against guns (because guns represent power and security in the minds of many people/voters), I don’t think Trump should be impeached. I don’t care what Trump did, so I’m not against Trump. I don’t watch the three old tv channels much (except for a few minutes of the Olympics), and most clips I watch are on the DARPA ARPANET/Internet.
    Comedians and others on mainstream tv channels are limited in what they can say because there really isn’t “Free Speech” and because the main point of the tv programming with ads is for Social Conditioning and to try to sell products, therefore they can’t say jokes that go against that attempted Social Conditioning. “Comedians” on those channels often promote movies made by the corporations.
    As Trump said, It’s PenisStuff, or was that PeanutStuff, he knows what a shell is, but maybe not shell companies.
    TV began around 1926/7. Around the 1940’s the core content of many tv shows involved husband and wife, and military. Now, there’s frequently corporate media mergers. SinclairBroadcast Republican leaning (?BorisEpshteynJaredKushner?) pushes Conservative talking points. 21stCenturyFox/(Disney)ABC with “Rupert”Murdoch Republican leaning with consistent christian Conservative conversations has tens of thousands of employees that might not say much that’s humorous. Ver(itas)(hor)izon (AT&T, cia,nsa) taking Pop”P”orn away form a child (subliminal ads?/Subconcious engineering?).
    CBS (Sumner”Redstone”)/NBC (Comcast) Juwish Democrat leaning.
    nANU nANU
    I vent to Konserrvative meeeting annd ze verr all Amerlickan weeeshhh dooodes, and zey loook likke coool whhhipp.
    Yeah, I stopped into an NRA meeting before because I thought it meant NiceRushianAss, but it wasn’t about that unfortunately.
    The police called me once. Police “I’m going to arrest you.” Me “And then what.” Police “I apologize sir, have a good day.”
    Guns and bullets were invented to try to replicate what I do with my hands.
    Someone attempted to write a book about me called the 48LawsOf Power, they didn’t even describe 5%.
    Every day the sun tries to put out as much energy as I do every day, but it can’t.
    I was in the StarWars movie, I was The Force.
    I taught Yoda.
    When the Grand Old Party watches the Flinstones they think it is the news.

  5. December 14, 2018 at 5:18 am

    “A very hot topic today is women leaving men for women. You know this is a hot topic when both a major media corporation AND Oprah are covering it.”…

    “Today” is not quite accurate.

    The first linked article says, “This story originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ELLE. ”
    The second is a TED talk dated January 11, 2011.
    The third linked article says, “From the April 2009 issue of ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ “.

    So, might have been a “hot topic” over five years ago, but…………….

    • Neo
      December 14, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Is Nov 14, 2018 fresh enough for you?

      This IS still going on.

  6. ant
    December 14, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Like Universal would give Richard Pryor his own theme park ride like Fallon.

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