Old School Comedians Complain About The Internet

from the when-I-was-your-age-I-performed-to-3-people-in-a-shack-and-I-liked-it dept

Well, it seems bound to happen in just about any profession that has been impacted by the internet in some way. Eventually, the "older generation" is going to whine and complain about "the way things used to be." Apparently that's even true of stand up comedians. A bunch of stand up comedians are apparently worried about the internet's impact on young up-and-coming stand-ups, because (I kid you not), they're worried that the internet lets young standups have too big an audience. The reasoning is basically that it's better for young comics to fail in front of small audiences, learn their lesson and get better. Of course, what none of the complaining comics explain is why those "bad" young comics will have that big an audience in the first place if they're so bad. No one's going to watch them.

These same comics seem to ignore the flip side of the coin -- which is that a good young comedian can actually use the internet to amplify his or her comedic talents in order to get noticed and move on to bigger and better things. A great example of this would be Andy Samberg, who basically made a name for himself online, before being snapped up by Saturday Night Live. It certainly doesn't seem like there's any lack of young comedic talent these days compared to in the past, and it seems like the internet often creates a much better feedback loop for those young comics. But, of course, since it's "not the way we did it"(TM) it must be bad.
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    Eric Gudmunsen, 15 Jun 2011 @ 8:26am

    Old School Comedy

    I'm a self-confessed "old-school" comedian. The bastard love-child of Bernard Manning and Chubby Brown. I've been doing stand-up for years in my own venue in Lanzarote. I've recently relocated to Dublin, Ireland, and on the few occasions that I get an open spot at a club, I get big laughs but no follow-up paying gigs. I can only put this down to the fact that the organisers are a lot more precious, elitist and up their own arses than the public are. People in comedy clubs these days are being force-fed rather than given a choice. Check out my you tube channel and make your own minds up! And if you visit the Edinburgh Fringe, check out my FREE show, Ryanair Lost My Baby.

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