Jokers, Offended People and The Nine Nine (9-9!)

Yesterday lunch time I watched through a new comedy special that had just hit Netflix. It was the latest effort from well renown comedian Dave Chappelle, someone I know of, but have never watched. I had no idea what to expect but I found it to be funny, not mind blowing but alright.

A lot of comedians aim their jokes at socially taboo topics like the LGBT community or different classes, and Chappelle does exactly that and even takes aim at the Michael Jackson scandal. This has predictably led to a lot of varied reaction on the internet. Who would have thought it, people are offended on the internet.

Personally, I am not offended by any jokes, because they’re jokes. As far as I am concerned when you buy a ticket and sit down for a comedy show, everything is okay to make fun of, because that is why you’re there. Stand-up comedy is the place where it should be okay to make the jokes that aren’t as acceptable in a social situation. Within the realm of streaming services like Netflix, you have the choice of hundreds of comedy specials and you can watch them as and when you please.

It’s pretty obvious from the first five minutes of Dave Chappelle’s stand up that it’s going to be hitting pretty hard. Dave goes straight in with satirical commentary on Anthony Bourdain’s suicide and making light of suicidal thoughts. If you watch that part and you laugh, sit back and enjoy the rest of the show. At times it seems like he is saying things for shock value, but there are some funny bits in there.

However, if you click on this like me, with no real idea of what Dave Chappelle’s comedy is like, and then instead of enjoying it, you find the first five minutes to not be funny at all, turn it the fuck off. Its 2019, its on Netflix, you have complete control over what you are watching. press back, find something else. Jump over to Amazon, or Now TV, or HBO, or any of the hundreds of cable TV channels.

I understand not everyone is like me, some people are sensitive to topics and they choose to be offended when comedians make jokes about those things. If that’s how you are, that is completely fine, but take some responsibility and manage your own viewing habits. If you get a few minutes into a stand up special, get that hint of it not being to your taste, and then sit there for another hour and listen to more things you find offensive, that is simply not the comedian’s fault. It’s your fault for watching it when you knew it wasn’t for you. Nothing is made to please everyone.

On the subject of comedians, but this time a fictional, failing comedian, the final trailer for Todd Phillips’ Joker movie dropped last night. As I have mentioned several times on this site, I absolutely adore the character of the Joker. He is my favourite fictional character, The Dark Knight is my favourite movie, Mark Hamill’s Joker voiced my childhood watching Batman the Animated Series et cetera.

So, this new dark and gritty Joker origin story should be right up my street, right? Well it’s not a surprise at all that I am absolutely all in for this movie. Joaquin Phoenix is a phenomenally talented actor, and all signs point to this performance earning him some Awards buzz. It’s quite validating as a big Joker fan that the character has now drawn Oscar level performances out of two actors.

The trailers slow build, the imagery and the hints of the character descent into madness is exactly what I want to see from a film like this, and the recently announced R rating for the film says to me that they are not going to be pulling any punches and will be letting The Joker go full crazy in the later parts of the film.

The main concern I have for this movie is the lack of batman. A lot of Jokers best moments in his long history have relied upon him playing with Batman’s mind and manipulating the people he cares about. Without that element to play with, I am intrigued what kind of story they’re going to tell.

Onto a more light-hearted topic, lately I have been watching through Brooklyn 99 again. My word what a stupidly funny show it is. If you have never watched it, treat yo’ self and watch a couple of episodes. It’s perfect for having on in the background whilst doing something else like writing a blog. It’s so consistent that every time you pause to watch for a minute or two, you find yourself laughing at something. Andre Braugher as Raymond Holt is simply incredible. He is the ultimate comedic straight man, whilst the others around him, particularly Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta, are constantly making quips and one liner’s.

I feared a second watch through might cause the humour to grow a little stale, but it doesn’t. I have just garnered a new appreciation for some of the other elements of the show like Hitchcock and Scully. It reminds me of the US version of The Office in that although the situations are sometimes quite funny in themselves, often it’s the characters you grow to appreciate, and you just want to see more of them living their lives.

There we have it, the second daily blog post done. Yesterday I did this 6am wake up to write thing for the first time and felt great about myself. Then I got up from my desk, strolled happily towards the bathroom only to smash my knee on the corner of my bed and yelp in agony.

So, I am off to avoid hard, sharp corners that live at knee height, and you should too. Til tomorrow!