Monday, April 4, 2011

Talking racism, sexism with Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K.

On April 1, through Ricky Gervais' podcast feed, I received a teaser for his upcoming special, "Talking Funny." The show, which debuts on HBO on April 22, features Gervais and fellow comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C. K. and Chris Rock talking about their craft. Following is an exchange from the clip, which can be downloaded for free from iTunes, Audible or Gervais' website. I cannot seem to find this extended clip on You Tube or HBO's site:
Louis C. K. (talking about Chris Rock's style of comedy): Chris does it in a way that is even more blatant, cause he'll even keep repeating...If the premise is, y'know, women can't live without money...or whatever it is you're...all your chauvinist bullshit things that you say...
Laughter
Chris Rock (Possibly referring back to an earlier conversation): ...black...sexist
Louis C. K.: He'll keep repeating it...
Jerry Seinfeld: Women can't go down a lifestyle.
Louis C. K.: Women can't go down a lifestyle! That's his thing. Women can't go down a lifestyle. Then he'll explain it from 50 angles and he'll say (mildly adopting Rock's cadence), "Women can't go down in lifestyle. They can't. They can't go down..." And then he'll explain...
Seinfeld: Well, he has to do that, cause that's a richer idea than they're used to hearing from a comedian. So, he has to teach them. 
Louis C. K.: Oh, I think he's doing the right thing, but that's...yeah.
Rock: And a lot of comedians have great jokes and they don't like...Why isn't this working? It's not working because the audience doesn't understand the premise. So, I'm going to make sure...If I set this premise up right, this joke will always work, but if I kinda go namby pamby about setting up the premise...
Louis C. K. (Referring to Rock): One of my favorite bits of his is that when white people are rich, they're just rich forever and ever. Even their kids are rich. But when a black guy gets rich, it's countdown to when he's poor again. 
Laughter
Rock (Referring to Louis C.K.): He's the blackest white guy I know. All the negative things we think about black people...this fucker...
Louis C.K.: You're saying I'm a nigger.
Laughter
Rock: Yes, you are the niggerest fuckin' white man I have ever...
It's hard to capture the spirit of a discussion simply through a transcript. I encourage you to go to one of the sources mentioned above and see the thing for yourself. And I want to know if this exchange makes you as uncomfortable as it did me.


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