ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Antidote to a Bad Comedian

A comedian offers some tips on how to keep a check on comedians who tell offensive jokes.

There are few things in life that frustrate audiences more than a bad comedian. Babies in theatres come close. There is a certain species of “socially conscious” comedians that is worse. These comedians want the audience to think they are that wisecracking kid in class who, for the sake of attention, said something funny; but also that when an imagined Judgment Day comes, they will be remembered for having bravely and selflessly said what the world needed to hear.

To really get a sense of where these rogues are created, visit the despicable place that is an “open mic,” where comedians are usually testing out their new material. A comedian walks up on stage to try out a new joke, and it almost always gets rejected. But, the audiences never say “no.” They stare back at the comedian in silence, challenging the comedian to deliver something better. The comedian usually doesn’t. Not at an open mic. And, this silence is an audience reaction to when they are just trying out “regular” or “safe” jokes: differences between Mumbai and Delhi, North India and South India, or pummelling their home state to extract some easy laughs.

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Updated On : 1st Dec, 2019

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