Posts Tagged ‘Henny Youngman’

What in the fuck has happened to “comedy”?

During Henny Youngman’s day in the late 1930’s on radio, in clubs and speakeasies he was the master of “one liners” and his wife jokes were a mainstay of his work. “Take my wife …….. PLEASE!” and “My wife said to me, ‘For our anniversary I want to go somewhere I’ve never been before.’ I said, ‘Try the kitchen!’”

He had an inoffensive, friendly style of comedy but today he’d find himself in hot water with the feminists for sure. But a good joke is ALWAYS worth the price.

If you give a shit about the Oscars (which if you do Tubularsock already has a judgment against you and your intelligence —- not that it matters, just sayin’) then you already know about this comedy of errors between Will Smith hitting Chris Rock on stage.

Chris Rock was doing his comic rant and drops a joke about Will Smith’s wife shaving her head. It was a weak “G.I. Jane joke” except it hit a touchy subject with Will Smith.

Will gets up from his front row seat and comes up on stage a slaps Chris across the face and says as he was returning to his seat, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth”!

Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss and balding. She has been open about her experience with hair loss and got her head shaved last July.

Ok. Comedy is a rough sport and has always had its mean spirited tendency and chancy “you can’t say that” eggier aspects. It has always been what made comedy comedy. Oh Well, times change ……….. now we have PC culture and those who adhere to it are complete assholes who thinks and report to the rest of us that their diarrhea doesn’t stink.

Of course they are incorrect “. . . AND SO’S YOUR MOTHER”!

You may recall George Carlin’s joke about the “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television”

The words, in the order Carlin listed them, are: “shit”, “piss”, “fuck”, “cunt”, “cocksucker”, “motherfucker”, and “tits”.

This is just one of so many well constructed routines showing Carlin’s genius as a comedian.

Man! Would he have gone nuts over the material which is just sitting up there in the air in our present illusionary reality.

Not all comedic direction pleases everyone and that is what makes it a dangerous sport.

And the more one weaves dangerous “word speak” into their work the more intriguing and more interesting it becomes in Tubularsock’s view. Chancy yes, creative yes, and funny if the punch line doesn’t end up as a punch in your face. But on second thought there were more pies in the face than there are now. Seems now our society leans toward the 45 to the head. The innocence age is wayyyyyy over!

Take for example racial slurs like honky, nigger, hebe, raghead, gook all dangerous to use in a comic routine but one would be walking on eggshells in our current society. Not there wouldn’t be some pretty funny stuff created but risky.

But Tubularsock knows for sure that one could find a following no matter how gross you’d become. And Tubularsock would be in the front row!

And what would one do with all the “faggot” jokes or “lezzo” jokes? Well from Tubularsock experience you’d find it difficult to find a seat in the sea of faggots and lezzos that would show up for the show in the SF Bay Area.

It appears to Tubularsock that humor and comedy is in the mind of the beholder and not all humor and comedy fits all points of view and lifestyles.

And the stronger one is in their gender, race, and religious/spiritual lifestyle the heavier the joke can be flung at them without hostile repercussions.

They’d either not pay any attention to you or they’d join in on the joke due to their own solidity within themselves.

A case in point for Tubularsock was when Dick Gregory, ‘60s comedian and civil rights crusader, entitled his book NIGGER.

And he told his mother that he named his book NIGGER so whenever she heard that term she could think whoever said it was advertising his book.

Which only goes to show that if you are STRONG AND TRUE TO YOURSELF …….. the jokes on them!