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May 16, 2022
Ricky Gervais Opens Show Explaining How Jokes Work With Brilliant Bit on Women Not Being Funny
It's impossible to know for sure if Ricky Gervais' new Netflix special SuperNature is why the company warned woke employees against whining about art they don't like. Gervais promised to get himself canceled on his new special. He has a new special coming out on May 24th. Netflix preemptively told employees to dummy up. I'm not one who says to question the timing of things, but... the timing's a little questionable.
In a preview clip Gervais, who knows how some act when he tells jokes, felt it necessary to explain how comedy and humor work. Like when he says women aren't funny.
Ricky Gervais: SuperNature | Official Clip | Netflixyoutu.be
"Okay, you're right that was irony. There's gonna be a bit of that throughout the show. See if you can spot it, okay? Now, that's when I say something I don't really mean for comic effect and you as an audience, you laugh at the wrong thing 'cause you know what the right thing is. It's a way of satirizing attitudes like that first joke, I use the old-fashioned sexist trope. That women aren't funny."
"Now in real life, I know there are loads of funny women. Like um..."
This works on two levels. One, it's a joke on cancel culture bloggers and the easily offended c*nts (it sounds less offensive with a British accent) on Twitter. If Gervais just did the joke without explaining it, they'd all claim he was attacking women as being unfunny, even when it's clear to anyone who's not an imbecile that he wasn't.
The other thing is that, in general, when you have to explain a joke it stops being funny. Gervais turned explaining a joke into a joke about people to whom you have to explain jokes. Explaining the joke was the joke. Gervais made having to explain a joke funny. It's quite an impressive accomplishment.
Ricky's new special drops on Netflix next week. If you need something funny in the meantime, the new Kids in the Hall series on Amazon Prime was excellent.
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