Comedy is a very personal thing, everyone finds different acts funny.

However, it’s become more fraught recently over what is and isn’t acceptable in comedy.

Chris Rock has been criticising cancel culture, as he says it’s ‘boring’ for entertainment.

He is known for being outspoken in his comedy but has also managed to cross the threshold into being a household name by starring in many family-friendly movies.

Chris thinks the development of cancel culture is making things “safe” and “boring.”

He was being interviewed by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club

He said: “When everyone gets safe and nobody tries anything, things get boring.”

“I see a lot of unfunny comedians, I see unfunny TV shows, I see unfunny awards shows, I see unfunny movies — because everybody’s scared to make a move.”

“And that’s not a place to be… Now you got a place where people are scared to talk.”

He also talked about how comedians know if their jokes are working or not:

“You don’t really have to cancel us, ‘cause we get the message – they’re not laughing! … When we do something and people aren’t laughing, we get it.”

Like, ‘Oh, you think you know more than the audience?’ The audience knows more than everybody.”

With sharing material online being one of the most common ways of reaching audiences, not being able to “read the room” might be a problem.

He’s not the only one unhappy with cancel culture.

Rowan Atkinson

Recently, Rowan Atkinson also took aim at the modern way of doing things.

He compared cancel culture to a ‘medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn’.

He explains: ‘The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be “cancelled”.

Rowan also stressed the importance of free speech, when talking to the Radio Times: ‘It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn. So it is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future”

Podcast host Joe Rogan also railed against the politically correct culture last week too.

He ranted: “You can never be “woke” enough, that’s the problem. It keeps going. It keeps going further and further and further down the line, and if you get to the point where you capitulate, where you agree to all these demands, it’ll eventually get to straight white men are not allowed to talk.”
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