So apparently the rabid Jay London fans from “Last Comic Standing” have found Cootiehog and have claimed he’s the BEST COMIC EVER because his comedy is merely to say a punch of puns in a row and all but beg for applause.
I agree you have to be smart to create a pun. But I also know that when you hear a pun in real life – in your office, at your dentist, or from your father – that you generally groan (silently or outloud) and say to yourself, “How cheesy.” Don’t deny it. We ALL do it.
So why is Jay London called brilliant and so popular? Because he seems like a genuinely nice guy. I’ve never said otherwise. I truly and absolutely think he is a sweet-natured guy who likes doing his brand of schtick in dark clubs and bars. And I have no problem with that whatsoever.
But I DO have a problem when a tv show to find the best comic turns into a popularity contest because there’s an oddball-but-lovable guy who happens to know how to make up puns. That’s not comedy gold, people.
Who is funny from Last Comic Standing? Dan Naturman was – you know, the one that got robbed and was not let into the house? Kathy Madigan is hilarious, even though you haven’t seen much of that in recent episodes because no one would challenge her (which is smart, because she’s a vet who KNOWS how to do comedy). And yes, Gary Gulman is funny. Despite the good looks.
See, does anyone remember how Seinfeld got to be so famous as a comedian? It’s because he has a way of telling us something that we ALREADY KNOW but making a funny observation about it. By making it relatable to us, we can laugh because WE’VE BEEN THERE. That’s comedy gold – relating to your audience and making them laugh about the mundane everyday things in life.
That’s why Bonnie got the boot. That’s why Corey got the boot. And that’s why Tammy, Kathy, Jon and Gary are still in it. Jay, however, should not be in it.
As someone mentioned on a thread from one of my other posts, if you think Jay is funny, then by all means go visit his website, give him your support and enjoy. But you won’t find any cheers if he moves forward in the next few rounds. I didn’t vote for the wild card show because I was confident in who America would choose, but I sure as heck am going to vote in the next elimination rounds. Because obviously America doesn’t know what they are doing.
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