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April 25, 2011

Talking Funny

Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, and Louis CK talk about comedy. Brilliant stuff. It is so rare to see master craftsmen of this particular art talking on the square about anything (and I was fascinated to see the reverence they hold for Seinfeld). Perhaps their usual reticence about their craft is something like that of stage magicians wanting to keep their secrets. Or perhaps these are real magicians not wanting to risk jinxing what works for them.

"No one is more judged in civilized society than a stand up comedian," says Seinfeld. In Canada, these days, we mean that literally.

Chris Rock explains his show had a rule: You make fun of the things people do, you don't make fun of the things they are. And that right there sums up the difference between the outlook of people I agree with and the outlook of people I don't agree with; the people who think we should be judged by what we do and the people who think we should only be judged by who we (supposedly) are.

Update: Mark Steyn on the big joke, Canada's justice system.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 25, 2011 08:04 AM