I originally wrote this on Facebook, where my friends network is mostly other comedians, but if I take the time to write something this long, you better believe I'll ost it other places:
I guess I'm a weirdo, but I like blogs written about comedy, because that means at least somebody gives a shit about comedy. Movies/TV and music are probably the most popular forms of "art" (whatever the fuck that means), and people are constantly writing critical analysis about them, be they really great and intelligent, or a sub-Mario Lopez level of discourse. It's great that there are blogs like LaughSpin or The Comedy Bureau, which are mostly just about promoting comedy (with the occasional foray into more of an op-ed), but it's just as good that there are people who want to write critically about stand-up, because then it legitimizes it to the level of much more popular forms of art/media. And isn't that what we want? For live comedy to become really popular, so more people go, and each of us has a better opportunity to find an audience that will enjoy what WE do, in particular? But these shrill freak outs comics have (on behalf of Dave Chappelle, in this instance, which is nuts, because I have a sneaking suspicion that a bunch of us who are doing one night road gigs in towns most famous for their antisemitism PROBABLY don't need to ride in like white knights for him) are embarrassing and childish, and if I was an actual potential comedy fan, and I saw this petty bickering going on between comics and fans, I'd be like "fuck this, what a bunch of humorless babies." Actors, directors, writers, the vast, vast, vast majority of creators either brush it off, or silently stew about it, or whatever, but they don't have a fucking meltdown because someone had the AUDACITY to care about their art enough to take time out of their life to write about it. The exceptions to this are guys (almost always straight white guys, WEIRD, HUH?) like Kevin Smith and Aaron Sorkin, and the end result was them being ridiculed even harder by even more people over it. This weird hostility to criticisms of stand-up comedy is fucking ridiculous, and it's that same shit we do where we can be killing, but one person is sitting there not smiling, and all you can think is "What's this piece of shit's problem?!" You're having a good set, fucking let it go and enjoy it. Even if you GENUINELY BELIEVE that that person is just always miserable and looking for something to be unhappy about when they get home, LET THEM. They probably have a horrible, miserable life, so you're already winning. And once you learn to chill out and not take every negative thing written about any stand-up comic who's not Dane Cook or Carlos Mencia personally, maybe once in a while you'll actually find something valid in what someone's written, and it will help your act grow? Wouldn't that be great?! If we all got EVEN FUNNIER?!