Never one to shy away from saying exactly what’s on his mind, especially on his Monday Morning Podcast, comedian Bill Burr this week delivered a six-minute rant about why he hates alternative comedy and ultimately why the sub genre’s very presence negatively affects the world of stand-up.
Burr cites NBC’s The Office has a prime example of alternative comedy creeping into the mainstream, calling its characters cartoon-like and says the show is completely unwatchable. “I’ve had it with nerds,” he says. But Burr gets even more specific, real fast.
“I resent the alternative comedy scene for one reason only,” he says. “That scene created a situation; it basically distilled all of the horror out of attempting to be a comedian. No heckling, no drunks, no obnoxious behavior, no aggressiveness [from the crowd]; every fucking reason it takes balls to be a comedian; every fucking reason that people wanted to be a comic but never fucking did it, they’ve removed [those things] from the situation and [they’ve] created this fucking comedy womb.”
“It’s like stand-up comedy with training wheels,” he adds. “But you never take them off.”
Check out the entire monologue below, and tell us what you think. Do you agree with Burr? Is he being too hard on the alt-comedy scene, or not hard enough?
[via Cringe Humor]