Supremely unfunny Stand-up monologue gets heat off Ricky Gervais new special.
You know things are going well when a guy can launch a career off of your tailwind.
For those who haven't heard, a British Stand-up comic James Acaster has gotten hot off of the tailwind on Ricky Gervais's new special SuperNature. Good on him.
There is a truly sad side to it though. I'm not saying he's not a good comic, because he does have a strong stage presence, but the worst part about his brush-with-fame here is there isn't a good joke in the whole thing until the very end. When he finally uses Gervais's name. It's a pretty good joke too. But it's a joke, and it makes you realize how bad everything else that comes before it is.
It’s truly just awful. Pandering and begging the audience to like him. He has no idea how to write a joke, or bit, or to come after anything other than screaming and yelling about it. His rants go nowhere. It’s all ‘Fuck you older people, fuck off white people you’re the worst people on the planet!!!! And, how dare edgy comics make jokes about Trans people when they’re old and white and fuck them because old white people never suffered a day in their life anywhere. Read a history book, Cis Boi!!!’
EDITORS NOTE; He didn’t quite say it like that in this special. That makes it sound funny or entertaining. It’s not. This kid is just a cunt. Pure and simple. Not only is he just an unfunny little guy, over-selling everything on stage with one good slag- Gervais joke at the end, he’s atypical of the worst kind of Stand-ups working now and that were working years ago. Just scream and yell and shit on the one group it’s cool to tease, somehow that’s supposed to be edgy comedy.
Sam Kinsion didn’t just yell. Bobcat didn’t just yell. They had jokes, maybe not one-liners, but they went somewhere. They had a comic spin the audience knew they couldn’t have come up with on their own. Routines that landed somewhere.
Also, modern-day, edgy comics that this pimple makes fun of like Ricky, or Chapelle, or Shane Gillis, Andrew Schultz, Yamenika Saunders, or Jimmy Carr go after targets that aren’t guaranteed applause. Smart comics like Burr, Jeselnik, John Stewart, Taylor Tomlinson, or Bill Mahr find a kernel you’re not supposed to joke about it and have fun with it.
These types of acts never do that. It’s all a safe and cushioned form of attitude. They can’t take the chance, time, risk, or talent to write real comedy and perform real comedy.
There’s one bit in particular where this guy belies his whole lack of game. Go to 2:28 seconds here and you’ll see exactly what I’m saying. Watch it until 3:38 when he finally gets to his punchline.
Or watch it at 3:55 where he finally does a good bit, at Ricky Gervais’s expense, with a punchline, then watch it after for a perfect encapsulation of virtue signaling as Stand-up comedy.
It’s performing to the trained seals. There’s not one second where this type of comic risks the audience’s wrath. Risks anyone’s wrath. It’s all truth-telling about notions the crowd has already agreed on as truth. Then a swagger off to end the routine.
It’s the dreaded ‘mansplaining’ yet as if done to all men. At least ‘men’ have the courtesy to ‘explain’ to women or servants or people that don’t want to hear their shit. Woke comics ‘Woke-splain’ to rooms full of precious people that think exactly like them. Then clap and howl.
James isn’t punching down or up. He’s slapping sideways. Swatting at easy targets to a crowd that won’t be there long enough for him to grow a strong base from. They’ll either mature, get smart and move on, or just stay dumb and move on. But they’ll move on.
I don’t blame him or bemoan the attention he’s gotten off this piece. I wish the guy well. I wish all Stand-ups well. But this isn’t a lost George Carlin gem of a routine that was years ahead of his time. This is a limp two-year-old noodle of a clip that happened to mention the right guy’s name ahead of his time. Like a broken clock that’s only right once every two years.
This by the way isn’t even about a Transgender person being upset. As always it’s about a young little white guy that’s upset. A white guy that hates ‘white people.’ This is the problem. The entire race has suddenly stood in for this tool’s parents, and the people that beat him up as a kid. I was at least always polite enough to name-check my parents, and get very specific about those that beat me up as a kid.
I dare a little squid like this to make a similar screed about Black people? Or Muslims? Or even White liberal women? No way. That could him award either, A) silence because he couldn’t come up with a good joke to fold it into, or B) Scorn or ridicule. Hence he gets his six minutes of fame running around the stage, screaming like a chicken with his punchline cut off.
‘What’s the matter guys, too? Challenging for you? I’m a Stand-up comedian. That’s my job.’ Fifteen times in a row. He yells that line.
Please watch the clip at 2:28 seconds. It really is hysterically bad.
….By the way, in fairness; he’s funny on ‘panel’ on this shot of Late Night with Seth Meyer. (He does call Hannah Gadsby a genius here though? Wow!)
He has a good set. Seth actually calls the special this clip is from ‘brilliant, which says so much more about Seth Myers than this dumb kid, or Ricky Gervais, or Hannah Gadsby.
But I will take back some of my rant on James, because he throws some good jokes here. It makes sense that Seth Myers is the show will have him on is which is everything I’m talking about above here, etched into the politically correct stonework of NBC.
Anyway, here’s his stuff. The routine that’s getting him ‘trending’, his ‘Woke Night with Seth Myers’ shot, and another semi- funny bit he does on YouTube.
He’s still a not-funny cunt. (And by the way, I’m only using this word so much because you’re allowed to when talking about British guys, and we’re not really supposed to use the word all that much here, so it’s more about me having fun than any real animus to James. )
Not that he’s not a cunt. Because he is a major little cunt. (I’m loving this part. Wow. Look at me? How sad. )
I do wish him well though. I was even worse when I was his age.