As I woke up far too early this morning, I thought I would read the comments under newspaper articles about comedy so I could round of the edges of my sociopathy.
Once I might have thought the blunt, aggressive certainty in the opinions was due ot the softness of the subject, you don’t have to do much reading to declare yourself an expert on comedy, after all, you’ve seen some comedy once and it made you cross as it wasn’t proper comedy like Jethro/Stewart Lee/Dan Leno (delete as applicable). Experience now shows that blunt, aggressive certainty does not merely come with the simpler subjects, it is an attitude that can happily be used with Gaza or Climate Change or the International Monetary Fund. Doubt, evidence and research have no place here. Are so many British pubs closing down, not because of the rise in booze prices, smoking ban, or loss of the pickled egg jar on the bar, but because we can all be rancid, bullying, opinionated bores in the comfort of our own under stairs cupboard?
I am still trying to work out why it is that comedy makes people so furious. I like fury, I’ve been working on my own for years. The veins on my temples are the most magnificently developed part of my physique due to their frequent workouts. Most of my anger is futile. I am most likely to die shouting at a disobedient inanimate object.
With so much to get worked up about, why be annoyed at an individual who leaves you mirthless? But this is something that riles people beyond all sensible proportions.
I rarely see this volume of venom for cultish singers, minor movies, or occasional poets.
And many of the stand ups who get the most online abuse are not in your face, mass media darlings, you have to seek them out to be infuriated by them.
“Shall we go and see something we like?”
“don’t be stupid, darling, where is the joy in that? I wish to experience the joy of being joyless and furious. We’ll have to drive 400 miles further, but there is someone who says words in an order and rhythm that I do not like. I also dislike their face and opinions, get in the car.”
Everyone “knows funny”, it is what makes them laugh, all other laughter is in error, and they better tell people. Some of these idiots are laughing not realising they shouldn’t be, fortunately, there are plenty of people out there helpfully bruising the internet with their bog standard certainty.