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Worst (?) Standup?

Posted in Silly... with tags , , , , on July 29, 2009 by Digger (Not Phelps)

The youtube user who posted this video says it’s a terrible standup routine. I think said user is an idiot. This guy is hilarious. Intentionally hilarious. And the crowd is just full of idiots, too, so it flies right over their heads.

P.S. A lot going on for the Dropout right now. Hope to be posting regularly again very soon.

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Tragic Humor???

Posted in advice with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by Digger (Not Phelps)

Hey,

I’m an aspiring comedian and I’ve written some killer jokes recently about some touchy subjects, like Columbine and Katrina. I want to be edgy and push the envelope, you know? But I don’t want to be, like, offensive. My question is, how long do you have to wait after a big tragedy or whatever before you can start making jokes about it?

-MFB, VA

Ummm, MFB is it? First of all, this idea you have about “pushing the envelope” without being offensive? It’s, well… It’s silly. Doesn’t really make any sense, does it? I mean, there are already decently successful comedians incorporating child rape and wife-beating in their act. (Ed. note: Not conding such behavior. At least, I hope not.) This is 2004, homey. You can’t “push the envelope” without offending somebody. Get that straight.

As for your question…. I’m not sure that there is a specific waiting period. I think it’s really all about the quality of the joke and your delivery. For example, my Oklahoma City jokes never seem to go over well, but I heard one the other day that cracked me up. Yeah I cringed and acted all uncomfortable because I didn’t want people to think I was some kind of creeper, but I was really laughing pretty hard inside.

But MFB, wanting to joke about Columbine and Katrina? Get outta here you sick $#!%.

-Dropout

P.S. I’ve got a whole routine about Pompeii that’s never garnered any complaints if you wanna borrow it.