Comedian Chris Rock stopped by The Daily show to promote his new movie 2 Days in New York. He also discussed a few things like his spoiled rich kids and the fact that comedians aren’t allowed to tell jokes twice.
While singers, rappers, olympic athletes and many other performers are asked to do the same thing over and over, things are quite different for comedians. They constantly have to keep their content fresh. The entertainers are not allowed to tell the same funny jokes more than once or twice. In the era of YouTube where a comedian’s performance may be seen by their audience without paying to see an actual show Chris is now reluctant to perform stand-up in the era of YouTube. Rock thinks the platform deprives comedians of small-stage practice time and prevents them from ever re-telling jokes. ”It’s hard to go to the clubs cuz’ people [videotape] your sh– all the time, like before it’s ready. How dare you tell the same joke you told last year” he said.
Jon Stewart compared YouTube’s effect on stand-up to the adverse impact of television on vaudeville, and Rock concurred. Unlike musicians who are encouraged by fans to perform old hits, he said comedians are booed for repeating old material: “[Audience members say] ‘How dare you say the same funny thing you said last year!’”
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