A Few Thoughts on Comedy

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I’m sure everybody reading this woke up today with the same thing in mind.

“I think I need to read another non-standup give his two cents on comedy”

With that being said, the reason I feel compelled to write about it is because it feels like most arguments I’m seeing are on two opposite ends of the spectrum. I wouldn’t even bother writing this if I was just going to rant about how insane “political correctness” has gotten or suggest that a comedian be labeled the vilest C-word I know:

“Cancelled”

Call me crazy (just not to my face) but I think there is a true middle ground between the two.

A fundamental truth that I believe in is that everybody should be allowed to say anything in the game of trying to make people laugh. Race, Religion, Sex, Politics, or Raisins (if your last name is Seinfeld) should be on the table without a doubt.

However, where I find myself starting to disagree with this “anything goes” philosophy is that it seems to spawn an underlying belief  that whatever is said shouldn’t be scrutinized in any way. Comedians should 100% have the power and authority to say whatever they deem fit but the audience always holds the power to decide whether they like it or not.

That’s the beauty of comedy.

A guy like Dave Chappelle is a legend in the industry and for good reason because he has  dropped some of the best specials of this generation not to mention classic skits from the iconic Chapelle Show. He doesn’t care what his audience thinks and he is always true to himself. For those reasons- I’m a fan.

Also, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t laugh at most of his recent special.

Ok, so you laughed at the special, doesn’t that mean Chappelle did his job?

Well, yes, but just because someone does their job doesn’t make them employee of the month.

The best specials to me are the ones that in some way form or better yet change the way in which the viewer sees the world.

Wowww- you’re one of those guys who thinks comedians are more than just clowns.

Yeah; I am.

The bottom line of comedy is getting laughs- there’s no doubt about it. But there’s something special about comedy that changes how a person thinks.

The jokes in the special about Michael Jackson and his alleged victims for example were funny to me- but definitely not mind altering.

I don’t want to ramble on too long because I have never gotten up myself and tried to make a crowd of strangers laugh but there’s just one more aspect of this whole thing I want to touch on.

You know the old cliché “No publicity is bad publicity”? Could that be any more relevant here?

The people who love Chappelle are still going to love him and probably love him even more. The people who hate Chappelle are going to call for his career to be over, write terrible blog posts about him (which I’m not intending for this to be), and do other nonsense like that which they don’t even realize encourages people to watch his “problematic” comedy special. Dare I say- these people are “part of the problem” too?

Anyways, I wanted to write this today because podcast #1 of the year is coming within the next couple of days and this is definitely going to be a topic of discussion. We have a very special guest and I’m excited to hear what he has to say about the matter (amongst other things).

So that’s that; Happy Humpday.

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Worst Places to People Watch

I love people watching.

Can you possibly think of a better way to spend your time then to simply sit and judge  (judging is bad I don’t know if you heard) assess every single person walking by? I can’t.

With that being said, in order to become a master in the art of people watching you have to understand the do’s but more importantly the don’ts of how to partake in the modern day most dangerous game.

I’m assuming everybody is busy today (because I am) so- let’s get right into it.

The Gym:

Honestly, the gym is probably the worst place to people watch and I’ll explain why. For starters, let’s think about people watching someone in better shape than you. You might think “But Pat! I’m looking at them to use their Olympic physique to motivate me! It makes me feel a little bad that I’m not there yet but like you said a little shaming is important for growth; right?”

All valid points my friend, but this isn’t about you it’s about the fact that if you are caught staring into the soul of a physical specimen you are probably going to come off as a bit of a creep (and maybe even face a harassment case in 25 years)

Ok, fair enough, but what about the flip side? Can’t I look at the fatties and feel a little better about myself? I know it’s wrong- but it seems so right.

No, don’t be a prick and do the socially acceptable move of only staring at yourself in the mirror. It’s not vain if it’s done righteously.

Outside a Jehovah’s Witness Convention:

Once you lock eyes- it’s too late.

Children’s Beauty Pageants:

These are just the first three that come to me off the top of my head and I’m sure there are many more that will strike me at 1 o’clock in the morning giving me a sense of regret only comparable to that of when you go for a handshake when someone else goes for a dap:

That definitely has never happened to me.

Have a tremendous Tuesday.

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Pet Peeve; Names

There are a lot of  basic get to know you questions that take place in every college class (barring there’s 300 kids in it). Most people reading this probably understand what I’m talking about; things like “What’s your major?” “What year are you in? “Why are you not clicking, exiting out, and clicking again on every NNNN post?”

You know- things like that.

But there’s one question that I always pay particular attention to:

“What is your name/what do you like to be called?”

It’s a great question to be asked and probably the most important one as well. You would think that people give the slightest care about what they are going to be called for the next 4 months, right? Not always- and it drives me crazy.

In my humblest arrogant opinion, anyone who replies to the question of “What do you prefer to be called?” with “Doesn’t matter” should be treated as such by the whole class:

“What do you like to be called?”

Oh, it doesn’t matter to me- whatever is fine.”

Alright then, shithead it is!”

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P.S- Go U 😔

NNNN is on Spotify

Warning: The following blog is filled with more sap than a giant sequoia  from the Pacific Northwest (shoutout Geography 220)

Despite the countless tweets making fun of them, it’s been a dream of mine to have my own podcast since as soon as I started listening to them back in middle school.

I had always assumed it was one of those things where people just show up at a studio one day and start talking in front of a microphone and that was all there was to it.

Don’t get me wrong; you can definitely do that. Only problem with that is in my humblest of opinions- it’s probably going to suck. This was made abundantly clear by my first attempt at cooking up some audio in the lab back in the first week of second semester.

I absolutely cringed listening back to episode one (and still do whenever I think about it). It’s no secret that I admire a lot of people in not only sports media but media in general (Pardon My Take, Joe Rogan, countless comedians, etc.). But as a result of that, it’s extremely hard not to compare yourself to the people at the top of the field right now and even harder to not sound like a knockoff version of other people’s show.

With that being said, I think the show has vastly improved since day one with the help of Tom, our guests, and lots of people behind the scenes who have helped out a ton with teaching me about the actual producing of a podcast. I’m happy with the progress made but also see so many opportunities for growth in the future (consistent guests being a main priority).

Ok Pat- get to the goddamn point.

Now that I feel as though the podcast has established itself as more than just a weekly screw around session (although I do like screwing around) I’m excited to say that the ‘NNNN’ podcast is now available for streaming on Spotify. I realize that not everyone has the app (and am hoping to get it on iTunes soon enough) but I would greatly appreciate if you could spare a follow and maybe click a couple several 10-15 times upon the release of every new episode.

I joke about our “thousands” of listeners almost every week but the honest truth is that there has been steady improvement from each episode to the next. I want to thank everyone who has been listening, liking, commenting, sharing, and everything in between because it helps a ton.

And for the haters? (of which there are many)

We’re not leaving.

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