I’m sure there are a lot of you that really like comedians. I know I’ve had plenty of “discussions” with my mom about this but I have to say, I’m not a fan in any way of stand up comedy. There’s nothing funny to me about “planned” comedy. Give me the old Carol Burnett shows where the comedy wasn’t planned but genuine. To me, someone who is trying so hard to be funny, isn’t.
Have you ever seen for example, Joan Rivers or Jay Leno on another program or being interviewed? All they do is crack jokes. Nothing they are talking about is funny in any way but they are always out for that laugh. No matter is seems at times, at other people’s expense. It’s like they are always on a stage or always on call. I like a laugh as much as the next guy but to me, someone only looking for that, isn’t funny. Life sometimes is serious and to me, these people look stupid when they act like this.
I’m sure most of you have heard about the big brough-ha-ha about David Letterman’s joke about Sarah Palin’s daughter Willow. If not, here’s a link for the general gist of it. I’m a big fan of The View and as much as I like Joy Behar, we differ in most things. She’s another one who sometimes is only looking for a quick laugh to make herself look better. But I’ve watched this show since day 1 and feel I know her and she’s not always like that. They were talking about this on Monday and I was pretty surprised. Whoopi Goldberg was the only one who thought comedy is okay no matter what and she thought David Letterman was justified saying what he did about a 14 year old girl. I thought for sure Joy Behar would agree with that but she felt that someone’s child is off limits. Comedy aside, leave kids out of it.
I know that a comedians worst fear is this. Just what happened to Letterman. Just a joke gone bad. I do think he’s sorry he said it but the fact is, he didn’t have his facts straight and he screwed up. I do think he’s probably a nice guy and would no way talk about a 14 year old having a baby with a baseball player but shouldn’t he have checked first before making this kind of “joke?” Isn’t he accountable for making this gaff? I wrote this post about “Just Kidding” and I’m wondering if it’s okay to say, I was “just kidding” when the joke bombs.
How do you feel about this? Do you think all’s fair in comedy? Do you think a comedian can say whatever they feel like saying and then just be able to say “oops, sorry?”