I didn't have a whole lot of time to think about that tweet, however, because it was right at this time that a fella by the name of Hannibal Buress called out an older comic named Bill Cosby. That ended up turning into a little bit of a thing.
But I'm not even going into the Cosby thing, because, and I'll quote The Great Prophet Silky Johnson (player hater of the year 2002), "What can I say about that [topic] that hasn't already been said about Afghanistan? It's bombed out and depleted."
Rich asked Rock:
"Is it just because I don’t share [Dennis Miller's] politics that I find him less funny, or is there something about conservative stand-up that just doesn’t work?"
"...Oh, he’s definitely less funny. You know where he’s going. Smart as hell, but you know where he’s going."
Once again, it's not headline grabbing. It's a critical deconstruction of another person's funniness. But buyers beware: not all shit talkin' is created equally. There are some practitioners that are using this to bring attention to themselves and profit. It's something that in my opinion guys like Andy Kindler and Neal Brennan do. Google "Andy Kindler Criticizes" and you'll see a laundry list of big, awesome comedians that he "disapproves" of. Google "Neal Brennan Louie" and you'll see 20 headlines that say "Neal Brennan Calls Louie The 'Kale' of Television". It's the same manufactured "outrage" that fuels the engines of Fox News and CNN.
Oh, for those that may argue calling Bill Cosby a rapist is headline grabbing, I'll just point out that Buress had been doing that joke for months with no issue. Once it blew up the way it did, he stopped and never mentioned it again. Remember all those follow up interviews Hannibal did? Nope, me either.
By: Jim Capie