Is Comedy Dead?

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The Hollywood writers and producers can’t understand why nobody is interested in seeing their sit-coms anymore on TV? Well, did it ever occur to them that some of the stuff isn’t all that funny anymore? The movie industry’s comedy films are also getting killed at the box office. Stand-up humor is doing OK, but in the new PC world, comedy routines often turn off half of the crowd during any given skit, throw in politics and yes, you get some headlines but comedians are divided and conquered. What happened? No, what really happened?

Bear in mind the audience is always right, if they don’t like it, it just ain’t that good. And,’if and when’ they do not like it, they sure as hell don’t want to pay for it, or invest their precious time listening or watching it on TV.

Now then, there was an intriguing in article from the Wall Street Journal recently titled;”Comedy Slump Not a Laughing Matter,” by Ben Fritz published on June 26, 2018 which stated:”Last year’s most successful comedy,”Girl’s Trip,” took in $117 million in the US and Canada. The last time the year’s highest grossing comedy grossed so modest was 1995, when ticket prices were 52 percent less on average.”

The article also said:”Conventional comedies are fighting for oxygen at the box office, captured between superhero sequels that incorporate laughs and a vast buffet of stand-up specials, sitcoms, amateur pranks and first movies on digital services such as Netflix and YouTube.”

What I, as a movie critic author, have noticed, is that each and every sit-com appears to brush up against the PC culture and quickly back-away, and assault the politically expedient right-side of the equation. Maybe this is because the comedy writers all live and work in areas where most everyone has left-leaning political views, and they assume it is funny to everyone, and that if anyone doesn’t like the jokes, then they’re ignorant, or out of touch with reality.

Perhaps, it is this feedback loop which has been labeled; the’Echo Chamber’ in which conformational bias occurs. Indeed, it barely matters what it’s called or why it keeps happening if no one in Hollywood, late-night humor notices, since now that audiences have been split in half and each series is catering to the same half of the remaining market, nobody is making any money, and audiences, yes, even on the left are getting bored with all of it; it’s simply not funny anymore. And despite popular belief in NYC, LA and DC, our president doesn’t bathe in Cheetos dust. Just sayin’.



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