Around this time last year, Bill Burr played Ovens Auditorium and our son went to see him. He is his favorite comic. I’d never really heard or seen any of his stand-up, so I checked out a couple of his specials on Netflix. What I saw was a VERY funny guy, whose brand of humor is, “I’m gonna p**s some people off, but other people are gonna laugh at it. Oh, and those that are laughing now? I’m coming at you next.”
So when I woke up Sunday morning to see the social media outrage at his monologue as host on Saturday Night Live, I had to check it out.
You can as well…but if you’re a really sensitive person, beware.
And it was EXACTLY as I would expect, having seen his specials. Yup, he found a way to p**s off a bunch of people in less than 10 minutes.
-he referred to white women as his b—-‘s
-He said white women, hijacked the woke movement. “The woke movement was supposed to be about people of color not getting opportunities…Somehow white women swung their Gucci-booted feet over the fence of oppression and stuck themselves at the front of the line. I’ve never heard so much complaining in my life from white women.”
-He also made fund of the gay community asking why is June Pride month and in comparison to Black history being in February isn’t June a little long of a month, for a group that was never enslaved?
Look, Bill Burr is who he is.
Further, let me make a statement here, and this may just be my opinion. The best comedy comes from pointing the spotlight on people and situations that are controversial and uncomfortable. It always has.
That’s not to say you have to agree with it, or you don’t have the right to feel the way you feel or be offended by something. You do. Truth be told, there were moments in his set that I didn’t feel hit the right mark and I found cringe-worthy. I just think we’ve ALL gotten way too quick to be triggered.
The great Steve Martin once had an album with this title, “Comedy Is Not Pretty.”
So, don’t expect it to be.