- May 18, 2020
College Stand-up Comedy
Goodcomedies are a rare production, but all the same fortune of ourliterature would not be exhausted. Making people giggle is a talenthence not everyone has the capabilities to be amusing. People responddifferently to sensation brought by a funny thing. What one findscomical may not be funny to someone else. The talent of making peoplelaugh also varies from one person to another. Some people are moreentertaining than others, but all are termed to be humorous. Thecomedian also specializes in different forms of comedy since thereare many types of comedy such as romantic comedy, a drama of humor,comedy of manners and much more. People usually have specific kind ofcomedy that makes them happy (Caitlin, 3). Flanagan talks aboutcollege comedy in her article “That’s not funny” she speaks ofthe struggle that young comedian go through while trying to show offtheir talents in college. There are many persistent people throughoutcollege comedy. In the end, everyone’s hopes to get results forpatience and hard work, but this is not according to Flanagan Whatdoes this say about the power of persistence and hard work, regardingachieving your goals? Is there a possibility that they may not reapany fruits from comedy? (Caitlin, 3).
Accordingto Flanagan article for the Atlantic magazine, ‘that’s not funny’on college stand-up comedy the comicality of a gag is measured by howmuch it evades giving offense. In the article, Flanagan explains ofher diaries to a concert held by the National Association for CampusActivities (NACA) where the administrators and students leaders areinvolved in choosing potential representatives in stand-up comics(Caitlin, 4). They only choose those who avoid saying irritatingjokes. “They wanted comedy that was 100 percent risk-free, a comedythat could not trigger or upset or mildly trouble a single student,”Flanagan inscribes. “They wanted drama so thoroughly scrubbed offBarb and aggression that if the most hypersensitive weirdo on campusmistakenly wandered into a performance, the words he would hear wouldfall on him like a soft rain. They would produce a gentle chuckle andencouraging him to toddle back to his dorm, tuck himself in, andcommence a dreamless sleep—not text Mom and Dad that some monsterhad upset him with a joke.” (Caitlin, 3)
Flanaganreplicates of a situation where college students haves to be keptentertained or else they will leave and take their tuition money.Shetalks of how comedians are obligated to disinfect or jeopardize beingeradicated from the beneficial arcade. This is not the case incurrent college situations. Comedians are treasured people in theuniversities. They are very respected people and sometimes areconsidered as celebrities (Pemberton, 146). Students didn`t come tocollege to be entertained but instead, come to college because thereis plenty of entertainment thus differing with Flanagan opinion oncollege comedy. According to her article one has to struggle andundergo through allot of harassment before being accepted to do thecollege stand up comedy. Comedians in college is a rare talent andalways sort for thus its not always the case. Ant one who feels canbe comical is given a chance to entertain the students (Pemberton,146).
Manypeople think that comedy cannot be taught, but that’s not the case.Comedy can be a talent at the same time a collegiate career. Thoughit`s hard to explain a person to be funny does not mean it`simpossible. Flanagan thinks that the student who make the stand-upcomedy in college just waste their effort by hoping for a better lifein comedy (Pemberton, 146). According to Flanagan college comedy isnot as rewarding as comedians think it is because it`s hard to makecollege students laugh. She believes that the students are verydiscriminating on what makes them laugh and very irritating tocomedians in case he or she does not deliver what they expect. Comedyin college is the podium where most of the great comic began theircareer. Personally, I have seen comedians nature their talents fromcollege concerts to being the famous actor and later becoming theircareer (Pemberton, 146). College student supports comedy skills fromtheir own, and that becomes the stepping stone for meaningfulcareers.
Inthe article, Flanagan emphasizes on the oppressions of Chris Rockand Jerry Seinfeld who gripped the attention in the headlines byaddressing that they had avoided the college campuses due to theirpolitical correctness. In The article, the comics allowed to performat the concert, as Flanagan observes were priorly screened todetermine if they were prepared for the presentation while the otherswere who seemed naughty were locked out. It`s sometimes harsh toperform for the college student but not to the extent he puts it(Brister and Belinda, 141). Comics in college is a fascinating partof a university life, and the level of strictness displayed in herarticle would discourage everyone from attempting the practice.Making college student laugh is not has hard as she says in herarticle. Sometimes they don’t care whoever makes the joke as longas it makes them happy. Discrimination is not a popular trend incomedy people don’t choose to laugh because of who is making themlaugh but what is inciting them beam. However, the description in thearticle indicates that it may not be the case. The authors believethat college comedy is ‘infantilization’ of Americanundergraduate (Brister and Belinda, 141).
Flanaganin her article that’s not funny’ she mainly focuses on theglitches that a comic in college undergoes through trying to developtheir career and earn the benefits of their effort. According to hermaking students in college, the laugh is a difficult thing. A collegestudent is very discriminative and cruel when it come to thecomedian. During the college comedy concerts, the student wantsjester who will not make offending jokes which can affect any of thestudents. They are very selective on the jokes they want hencedescribing them has hard to impress. The title of her article‘that’s not funny’ maybe referring to the word that comes outof the crowd when one says an irritating joke, though it was meant tobe funny it heads up being the terrible bent on one`s career (Bristerand Belinda, 141). They don’t like jokes such as the gay jokes orthe racism jokes. In reality, college is where most of the greattalents are natured and the source of great comedians. In college iswhere most of the people are given the platform to show out theirworth in one`s school life. Campus organizes conventions that includeof all college talents thus it`s not as cruel as she puts it and it’sthe best place to start (Brister and Belinda, 141).
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