Hollywood in Toto:
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff told a killer routine during his early stand-up days, a gag with a kernel of truth behind it.
The Russian comic started his comedy career in his homeland. When he came to America in the late 1970s he could finally say what he wanted to say without punishment.
That wasn’t what he experienced back home, something he shared with his early U.S. audiences. [More at the link above]
This “unearthed” video shows the rising stars bowing to PC pressure. Here’s the problem with that approach.
Showtime stars Desus & Mero are Bronx tough … on the surface.
The hosts of their self-titled talk show bring “street swagger” to their shtick, according to Newsday. “Desus & Mero,” which airs 11 p.m. EST Monday nights, mixes pop culture, politics, sports and more with a heady blast of humor. The Bronx comedy bombers honed their chops on their Bodega Boys podcast. Their Showtime series proved a hit with critics when it debuted earlier this year.
So far, the comics haven’t been pulled over by the PC Police for any jokes. No one is threatening to “cancel” their shtick.
And the pair knows why.
Their rationale, captured earlier this year but unearthed by the New York Post’s Jon Levine, is frightening, sad and ultimately misguided. [More at the link above]