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What Do You Think of Bill Burr’s Rant Against the Alternative Comedy Scene?

Whoa. Bill Burr took a controversial stance on alternative comedy on his Monday Morning Podcast, blaming The Office for the rise of “awkward” nerd humor and railing against babyfaced alt comics for being their lack of toughness.

“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 certainly true that the club-comic ethos of fighting through a lonely road of trials to call oneself a comedian is much less prevalent now than in the past. But on the other hand, you don’t have to be angry to be funny. What do you think – does Burr have a point?


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