Anonymous said: comedy should be unapologetic. if a comedian with any edge were to apologize for any time they might have offended somebody, that would end up taking most of their time.
Comedy should be funny. Beyond that comedy can be anything it wants.
I don’t care if my comedy is offensive or not. But one thing I never want to do with my comedy is hurt people’s feelings. If I make a joke about God and someone is offended that doesn’t bother me at all. But if I make a joke about somebody’s body and it hurts their feelings, that will keep me up at night.
There’s this notion that these days comedy needs to be “edgy” and “offensive” to have any real merit. This just isn’t true. Think of all the great comedians throughout the ages who have performed clean and wholesome comedy. Even today, there are great comedians like Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan who aren’t edgy or offensive at all. Gaffigan does 10 minutes of jokes about Hot Pockets for crying out loud.
Likewise, I just watched a clown perform a kids show and for 40 minutes he stood on stage and made everyone in the room, adults included, laugh their asses off. His bits were solid. There was nothing edgy or offensive about what he did. But it was hilarious. It was comedy.
When comedians say that comedy should be unapologetic, what they’re really saying is that they care more about their precious jokes than about the people in their audience. And that’s not the kind of comedian I want to be.
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