It was great because Anthony Jeselnik is one hell of a joke writer. I’m a sucker for such one-liners, also enjoying Demetri Martin and the old Zack Galifianakis.
It’s Helping.” We are living in the age of the joke controversy.On the Internet, they seem to arrive with the frequency of subway trains.But despite what you might have heard, a new political correctness is not ruining the art of comedy. Does fear of backlash make some comics self-censor?But he makes a good case that there are actually more opportunities to reach a national audience with transgressive humor now than there were in decades past.
Mostly he frames this around a discussion of Anthony Jeselnik’s terrific new special, “Thoughts and Prayers.” Senior writer Rich Cromwell loved it so much he wrote a piece headlined, “Anthony Jeselnik Is The Greatest Comic Who Has Ever Lived.” His case: In the hour-long show, featuring 40 minutes of dark stand-up and 20 minutes of personal stories about his approach to comedy, Jeselnik leaves no lines uncrossed.I appreciated this explanation of the difference from a 2013 Maria Semple, a writer for “S. L.” and “Arrested Development” and the author of the novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” spent a long time on the phone with me trying to explain what it is about Handey’s comedy that makes him different from almost anyone else writing comedy today.