Comedian Damon Wayans Jr: We Need to Protect Our Comedians [WATCH]
Daman Wayans Jr. has an impressive comedy pedigree. His family is responsible for the sketch comedy show In Living Colour. With his father being hands down the funniest from all of his uncles. So his thoughts on the current state of comedy matter (see Bill Burr on PC Culture in Comedy: “Drive a Bus Right Through It.” and WATCH: Norm MacDonald on Why Alec Baldwin’s “Trump” Sucks).
'WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR COMEDIANS': Actor/comic Damon Wayans Jr. (@wayansjr) says it's unfortunate when comedians h… https://t.co/TNetBOQySk— AP Entertainment (@AP Entertainment) 1545096600.0
I can see why some comedians are apprehensive to get on stage. Because you could lose your livelihood just by having an opinion. Even if your opinion is just an idea. You can't even work through an idea anymore. Because that "offends" people. I don't like people getting offended. But if there's a good joke at the end of it? Please offend."
Comedy is supposed to be a little dangerous. Not everything you say on stage is well thought out. It's mostly just "let's see if this is funny." If it's not funny, you don't use the material again. Simple.
People want to laugh. No matter what the loud minority thinks is problematic. There's a clear divide in what people expect from comedians. One side expects comedians to be funny. The other side expects comedians to repeat the audience's political opinions back to them to reaffirm their shaky worldview. And that's not funny.
Which side are you on?