Jun 1, 2018
Today I am joined by former School of Laughs students and full
time comedians Jonnie W.and
Brian Bates. Over some
tasty BBQ we discuss the recent happenings in the world of comedy.
Specifically, Michelle Wolfe and the White House Correspondents
Dinner, Netflix Comedy Specials and the passing of a fellow
You would think that an occupation such as comedy would be
relatively stress-free. After all, it's all about the laughs,
right? Well, sort of yes and sort of no. You see every joke has a
target. I could be the traffic, the drivers, the car or the police.
Sometimes, the comedian hits on a target and the reaction is bigger
than the joke. Or, even an unintended response from a
misinterpreted punch line. Other times, the comedian is challenged
for not being "sensitive" or "politically correct" with their
material. Despite freedom of
, as comedian is not free form judgement.
In today's world, we are quick to celebrate the mistakes of
others. Comedy is no different. It makes it hard for the comedian
to do their job when every word is picked apart and mass
distributed over a network of trigger-happy-texters and social
media rabble-rousers. What is a comic to do?
Also on the agenda is a quick discussion about the
proliferation of NETFLIX
comedy specials. Is having so
many specials good or bad for the comedy marketplace? Are great
comedians putting out subpar specials just to grab a handful of
cash? Am I only mad because I don't have a NETFLIX special?
And, finally, we talk about the long-lasting feeling of
connection to other comedians. When one of our own passes away, we
feel like we just saw them yesterday. But, we may not have worked
with or talked to them in over a decade. What is it about the
brotherhood and sisterhood of comedy that connects us?
All of this and more in this episode of the Rik Roberts School
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