Bill Burr sat down with Vulture to discuss comedy and his career. Vulture being Vulture, they, of course, had to get him on the record regarding social justice. Later I hear they gave him an atomic wedgy. Journalism, am I right?
VULTURE: Have you seen those compilation videos people have made of your stuff where they’ll cut together a bunch of jokes you’ve done about, like, gun rights or feminism and then give them a title like “Bill Burr Destroys Feminism”?
BURR: Yeah, it’s all bullshit.
I felt the need to disclose this part of the interview just because…guiltyAF (see Feminist Interviewer Tries Baiting Bill Burr into Argument. Fails. and Angry Feminist Accuses Bill Burr of Hate Speech. He Destroys Her…)! Never say I’m not transparent.
Now that’s over with, the comedian made a number of important points about comedy, outrage over jokes, and people who take comedians way too seriously.
BURR: There’s that argument where people go, “You’re influencing the people that come to your show.” What I always say to them is, “Are you homophobic?” Of course they say “no.” And I go, “Now what joke could I tell in an hour of stand-up that would undo that?” Because these people are acting like somebody could walk into a show not homophobic and then you can make them homophobic. If stand-up had that power, it wouldn’t be legal.
But Mr. Burr, when you make fun of anyone other than who the left disagrees with, you are literally punching down. LITERALLY!
Something for which the comedian calls bull cookies.
VULTURE: Just to go back to feminism for a second, because it’s a subject you joke about a lot. How much of your material about feminism is about taking it on for the sake of taking it on and how much is rooted in real disagreement with it? And if it’s the latter, do you worry that it’s punching down at people trying to address a power imbalance?
BURR: Oh, it’s totally not punching down…I absolutely cannot stand people who say that. “Punch up. Punch up.” That has got to be the most boring thing you could ever do onstage. It’s yelling into an echo chamber. What’s so fucking funny to me is that what’s really going on is never brought up. Who donates to the president and who pays for the advertising on all these big news networks? That’s shit people should be upset about. But instead, if you do a fucking feminist joke in a strip mall you make the news. So that’s just a load of shit.
VULTURE: The punching-down idea?
BURR: It’s an utter load of shit. Smarmy people who aren’t funny say that. Comedy is a pastime. The pastime is making fun of something you’re not supposed to make fun of because that gives you a mental break from all the taxing shit you have to do. Not everything has to be important. I honestly think the world is so fucked-up that if you actually looked at it, it’s too depressing. So going after comedians and building them up and ripping them down has become this sort of distraction.
Only the comedians who don’t toe the left’s talking points, though. Otherwise, they are given late night shows. More on that below.
Now you don’t have to like everything Bill Burr said. That’s fine. But let’s hone in on how leftists think you’re so stupid, your entire worldview could be changed with a blonde joke.
Sometimes comedy can just be funny. Sometimes it can just be for laughs. Which, when you think about it, is the entire purpose of comedy: to be funny.
Sorry Seth Meyers doesn’t get it.