Instagram Comedians are Killing Comedy
Zubi Ahmed

Sometimes I feel weird about laying down the law about what’s funny and not because, honestly, what do I know? I don’t think I’m funny most days of the week. Jokes and humor are also so important to me that I can be precious about it. But I think casting aspersions to comedy neophytes might be a lost opportunity to learn about people either sharing a different experience or experimenting with new ideas.

I mostly feel this disconnect when I’m dealing with younger people. I’m hardly old, but I sometimes feel like they’re speaking a different language. I’m trying to have the patience and humility to remind myself “Hey, I just don’t get it, and that’s ok” because I often feel misunderstood with my own sense of humor.

That said, I agree that we should stop “comedy” that’s carried by the winds of social media when it’s actually harmful. Objectively bad comedy. Anything racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ablist (and more as I learn to stay woke) should be met with discourse. I couldn’t get through the second video you posted. It was really awful.

Also, I didn’t hate the first video as much as you did. It definitely heightened the comedic idea [rim shot].

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