Comedy suffers in this politically correct world
Comedian Chris Johnston recently posted a picture of himself next to a cutout of Michael J. Fox from “Back To The Future.” This made me wish I could hop in a Delorean and go back to 1985, when you had cutting edge comics who pushed the envelope like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Bill Hicks, Andrew Dice Clay, and no political correctness.
This was further brought to light last week at the Beacon Theatre when Steve Martin opened for Jerry Seinfeld. Martin, who recently appeared on Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” brought the house down with his surprise appearance. It made me want to hear more from those earlier comic icons. Would they still be their cutting edge selves or would they tone it down for today’s audiences?
In the 70’s and 80’s, colleges were where comics made their bones, talking to audiences that were as rebellious as they were. Today, comics like Seinfeld and Chris Rock don’t even want to perform there because the audience is too judgmental.
If you could watch a stand-up set from a comic who you either haven’t heard from in a long time, or because they’re no longer performing, which comic would it be?
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