Wanda Sykes made a trip to Boston to do a little stand up. Yep, she still does stand up. And Ice Age movies. Wanda is a good example of a funny female comedian. Because yes, women CAN be funny… Despite what recent examples might lead one to believe (see HILARIOUS: South Park Roasts Unfunny Female Comedians. And it’s Perfect! and Amy Schumer Caught Stealing Many, Many, Jokes…). In fact the bit below is hilarious, but not because Wanda intended it to be. She stopped in the middle of her set to call Trump a racist and got booed. She didn’t take it too well…
Sykes set at the Comics Come Home benefit show in the TD Garden, hosted by Dennis Leary, was an anti-Trump tirade, coming on the heels of Tuesday’s shocking victory by the real estate mogul. At one point, she described Trump as an “orangutan,” stating she couldn’t believe the country elected him.
Throughout the majority of the set, Sykes was able to get some laughs from the crowd and didn’t face too much anger from the audience. However, near the end, when she said “this is not the first time we’ve elected a racist, sexist, homophobic person,” many in the crowd turned on her.
Sykes lashed back out at those booing her, pointing some out and telling them to “f*ck off.” When she left the stage, she threw up a middle finger.
Wanda rudely interrupted her own set to get political. Then she got mad at the crowd for not liking it… So at the end of her set the angry little turnip marched off the stage waving her tiny middle finger in the air. All because she wanted to have her fifteen seconds of anti-Trump rantness.
Here’s the thing, remember how I said Wanda is funny? A lot of people agree. Hence the people who bought tickets to see her show. They paid a pretty penny to sit in the stands and watch the tiny lady with the funny voice make them laugh. Still, Hollywood can’t stop themselves from getting political, we get it. But the angry rants and lazy character attacks? Not what people pay to see (watch LOL: Amy Schumer Goes on Anti-Trump Rant. Gets DROWNED OUT in Boos!).
Nobody is saying entertainment and politics have to be mutually exclusive. But if one wants to mix politics into their comedy… Maybe try to make it a little funny? Also, not insulting your audience is a good start. Just a thought.
Speaking of funny, thankfully our friend Nick DiPaolo was there to follow the raging hobgoblin…