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Don't Make Me Laugh...

An opinion that has existed for around the past half dozen years is this idea that comedians aren't allowed to be funny. The most recent comedian to speak out about this was Marlon Wayans, who said in an interview with Buzzfeed, “I think [movies like White Chicks are] needed. I don’t know what planet we’re on, where you think people don’t need laughter, and that people need to be censored and canceled. If a joke is gonna get me canceled, thank you for doing me that favor.”

I'm really tired of older comedians taking this stance. If you are blaming the sensibilities of a time as to why your jokes aren't funny, odds are you already know you're out of touch. But rather than confronting your own mortality, you choose to put the blame on people you know are probably gonna outlive you.

Yes, we do need comedy to expose certain truths in the world. But don't give a bs excuse of "Well, I can't play colleges anymore because of xyz!" Most comedians who complain about that have jokes that punch down on marginalized communities and as a general rule of thumb, if your joke is designed solely for the purpose of punching down on people that society has already fucked over six ways from Sunday, odds are... ITS NOT FUNNY!

A lot of comedians who say stuff like this or that "You couldn't make Blazing Saddles today!" to me come off as people not trying hard. They focus on the shock and not the subject. No, Blazing Saddles couldn't be made today, for the simple reason that it was made to comment on 1974. However there are films of that same ilk, like Tropic Thunder and Sorry to Bother You, that do what that film did almost fifty years ago.

If you're a good comedian, you don't need to worry about "cancel culture" or "the woke crowd," which at this point have become societal boogeymen. If the jokes are good, then like all good art, they will be timeless.

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