Talking Funny featuring Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld is 40-50-minute video about these four famous comedians talking about what it’s like being a famous comedian. From this casual talk show we see some major ideas that shows why these comedians are successful and what it’s like to be a comedian.
Louis C.K said “Comedy is taking people to places that they have fear, foreboding, and making them laugh in that place.” By this quote, we can infer that people have foreboding ideas that they prefer not to think of. However, good comedy can make people think about these ideas in ways they may never otherwise found on their own.
Later on, we see that comedy isn’t just someone talking, its different than that. We see that comedians often times use facade and say some pretty extreme things to contrast the ideas we see commonly in day to day by turning them to eleven. This is shown when Louis says “I’ve said things on stage that if any person was to take them as statements I would look like the worst person alive, but that’s what makes the bit work.”
It’s so important the messages of their work that they often throw out or edit parts of their act that may distract form the message at hand. Ricky Gervais stated “I go back over the footage they’re going to put on the DVD and cut out the bits I didn’t really like. The ones that really didn’t do anything for the bit.” All the comedians have their preferred message and how to get the audience to receive it, and what parts to cut out for interfering with that message. For example, Chris Rock sometimes repeats the punch line to get his point across. Louis C.K replaces his material he dislikes. This shows how the message the comedian is trying to get across influences their act.
In closing, these comedians are famous not just because they think of new and creative humor, but because that creative humor has a meaning behind it that confronts problems that saturate our society that people often won’t face on their own, especially in a positive light. They put time and effort into perfecting their act and looking at what their deeper message is.