Monday, June 11, 2018

Politics in Comedy Routine = Bad Comic

Pretty much everything is all politics, all the time.  We've retreated into our tribes, and we seek to make points spreading our vitriol to those who see the world differently than we do.

The same goes for comedy.  Comedy is rife with politics.  You can't get away from it.

Comics have always gone after politics, but it's a different world now.  There isn't equal disdain for both sides of the aisle - it only goes one way now.  Likewise, comics aren't shooting for laughs anymore.  They want applause.

That's what comedy is devolving into - what can I say to my tribe about our political opponents to get claps, not laughs?  Thus when Samatha Bee calls Ivanka Trump a "C" word and suggests that she has sex with her father, Bee is just reflecting what passes for successful comedy in 2018.

Want to be a good comic?  Leave the politics alone.  By going political the reactions you're getting are cheap at best, and at worst, you just flat suck as a comic.

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