Dicks out for Comedy: The Final Installment of the Wardell Series
You came, you read, you (hopefully) laughed… and now it’s time to bring this project to an end.
Over the course of the past few weeks, I’ve come to have a greater appreciation for Brandon Wardell as I’ve realized just how much it takes to keep up a persona such as his. Numerous people work behind the scenes, helping to maintain his relevance. Though Wardell is the mastermind behind the whole thing, personally coming up with the jokes, numerous other technical workers help out with everything from booking tour dates and television appearances to maintaining his website. These technical workers do hard, thankless work every day just to bring the likes of Harambe jokes and commentary on the latest hip hip release to the public the slightest bit quicker.
While this goes on behind the scenes — between Wardell himself and his support staff — there is an odd dynamic going on between Wardell and the public due to a lack of consistency among the media ideologies that individuals hold. As I explained in a previous post, Wardell feels that he can post about whatever he wants on his own social media accounts. However, given that Wardell has established a pattern in his postings where they are all humorous and anything but serious, his audience has developed an aversion to the political commentary that he occasionally resorts to.
Aside from this producer to consumer drama, there is also beef among various different producers which occurs along generational divides — as I touched on in another post. The older comedians who came to prominence prior to the emergence of the internet and social media platforms feel that they are in some way superior to the comedians who came to prominence after this. Though there is nothing that says that one group is definitively better than another group, the older crowd as a whole feels like it is somehow superior to the younger crowd. In their eyes, they have struggled more in their pursuit of stardom and are therefore more worthy of being famous. However, this statement doesn’t have a solid, logical basis. And neither does the opposite one, for that matter.
Throughout the whole of my research on millennial comedians and their antics on twitter, I have found that comedy is a very tough field to work within. There is judgment coming from a variety of different places, none of it being called for, and most of it being based on simple misunderstandings of the branches of comedy in question. In the case of Brandon Wardell, other older comedians and the public at large would likely appreciate Wardell’s odd blend of comedy if they took the time to try and understand the comparisons that he is trying to make. To put it simply, if people were less uptight and allowed themselves to like or understand memes, then they would (at the very least) tolerate Brandon Wardell’s tweets.