Comic Blames Text Messaging On Lack Of Laughs

from the we-hope-he's-joking dept

A few years ago, some folks in Hollywood started complaining that text messaging was destroying the movie business. Their argument was that kids would see a movie and immediately text their friends saying how bad it was. In the past, it would take at least a week or so before the word of mouth messaging got around to let people not to go see a movie. However, with text messaging, apparently people would find out very quickly and not buy tickets. Of course, there was a simple solution: make better movies, because the same effect works both ways. However, now it appears that an offshoot of this complaint has reached a different industry. Textually reports that a comedian is complaining that text messaging is ruining his act, because people are sending his jokes on by SMS. The first night, his jokes kill, but after that everyone knows his jokes. Of course, you have to wonder how good a comic he is if his jokes lose all of their humor once known. A good comedian should also have timing and presentation on his or her side. Besides, how many people in the audience are seriously texting around all the jokes he makes? It seems that a much more likely reason for the lack of laughs was that he just wasn’t particularly funny.

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Vasco DaGameboy says:

Re: Re: No Subject Given

I agree completely about Dane Cook. There’s nothing funny about him. In fact, SMS might actually improve his act, if someone were sending you Mitch Hedberg’s jokes. However, this is about a British comedian. Just taking one look at him with that golfball in his mouth and wire basket on his head had me rolling (yeah, right.) Can’t you see the SMS now: …and then the bloke put a wire bawsket on ‘is ‘ead! Jolly good fun!

Outlaw the Blackberry and save comedy!!!!

David says:

Re: Re: No Subject Given

I can see how you would say Dane Cook is unoriginal.Yeah………cause every comedian out there has tales about doing battle with a monkey that can talk and drive a van……..

Nobody is telling you that you have to like him but at least give the guy some credit.

SMS can help distribute a joke this is true…….but as it was said before. A good comedian does not rely on the joke but the delivery.

Sully says:

Re: Re: Re:3 No Subject Given

I could care less how many people buy his album(s). A lot of people buy the Blue Collar Comedy albums too. Alot of people bought Macarena albums.

So yes, I suppose the top selling comedy album in 25 years, can make you the flavor of the week. Just because it’s popular doesn’t make it great, and just because it’s unpopular doesn’t make it great. That list is my opinion. Dane Cook being the flavor of the week is my opinion/prediction. Sure, I could be wrong. But it’s going to take more than album sales to convince me.

BJUProf says:

Blame technology

We love scapegoats in our country. Everything is somebody else’s fault. Text messages, file sharing, VCR’s, radio, Phonograph records….all things that were touted as the “death” of some industry or another and they ended up doing nothing but making things even better for the concerned industries…to those who learned to use them.

Randolph Carter says:

It's quite simple really...

Stan Boardman isn’t funny. At all. If this _really_ was a problem, then how can I rewatch old episodes of Red Dwarf, or listen to the same episode of ‘Just A Minute’ a few times a week and still laugh.

While I still kinda see his point, we saw Dylan Moran here in Munich doing pretty much the same set as his live DVD, and it was still funny as hell.

Stan – just do some more ‘celebrity’ ‘reality’ TV-shows.

lar3ry says:

Re: The Aristocrats!

I agree. Henny Youngman was the epitome of the fallacy of the
comedian’s complaint.

A lot of the great verbal humorists are gone.
Groucho Marx, Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Bob Hope… they could have you
in stitches on radio, on television, and on the stage. Later on,
Lenny Bruce was the master, and Richard Pryor was finding new material
to keep people laughing.

I think things changed during the era of
the “comedian superstar,” which gave us Steve Martin and Robin
Williams… not the same as the older ones, but still, their humor
still worked on records and during stand-up.

If your comedy sucks
because people know the punchlines, it means your delivery sucks,
plain and simple. People still watch Monty Python after all these
years, and they know every line by heart. Learn to do the soft shoe
like Johnny Carson when a joke goes flat, or come up with a real “off
the cuff” ad-lib to keep your audience guessing. It may not be rocket
science, but comedy does take skill.

road says:

Re: Re: The Aristocrats!

Dane Cook have you even heard his unedited act. The guy is hilarious. But maybe when you get past 40 your sense of humor goes down the drain with your looks and sex life. as far as unoriginal I’ve never heard anything like his bit.

Back to the topic at hand, if you?re going to bash text messaging you may as well bash any form of communication. I can get out of a movie call my friend and tell him it?s the worse thing sense the movie White Chicks. Word of mouth should be considered to be a good thing and not bashed by some no talent ass clown.

Ben McNelly (user link) says:

No Subject Given

I am surprised word of mouth isnt under fire…
Hollywood Exec: d*** kids now days! Bloggin, texting, writing reviews on websites, and now this!!! Going to school and work and telling people our movie sucked!!!
Hollywood brainchild: This is a simple fix… We just need to eliminate free speech!
Hollywood Exec: I like it! Totalitarian entertainment… Just what I have been looking for!

haggie says:

No Subject Given

If he has a comedy CD and/or a DVD. Shouldn’t the RIAA/MPAA be out there protecting his copywritten material?

I think that the only appropriate solution is to shutdown all of the cell SMS systems in order to prevent this blatant thievery of comedic material from destroying a whole industry!

If you tell a joke, you are a criminal!

tommyboy says:

Dane Cook Sucks A Big One

Anyone that thinks Dane Cook is funny should have there head examined. This guy is a tool. He brainwashed college kids through his web site to believe that he was the MAN. Which is total bull. This guy has a huge data base of robot fans that will pay to see him , and they only pay $17 to see him , if you don’t believe me check out any college he has ever played at, but he has absolutely zero talent. The last time I was in New York I hung out at the “New York Comedy Club” and saw a comedian named “Robert Bella” , a cross between Steve Martin and Rodney Dangerfield , the funniest comic I have seen in years !!!! You want to laugh , see this guy , believe me you will thank me for the rest of your life. Make sure you call to see if he is performing , that way you don’t go there just to see the average comedians.

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