captainsway says: …so you’re saying it CAN be applied to rape?
» SFB says: No, I’m saying it’s idiotic to imply that a comment about comedic bravery immediately applies to rape jokes. — Ernie @ SFB
clowder-l says: "She proved that everything is funny. And has to be. And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example. So generous." This piqued my curiosity. Would the staff of this blog say this applies to rape jokes? What this specific quote doesn't mention is context, so it's hard to say if it's implying that it only applies to survivors telling these sort of dark and cathartic jokes. I doubt this set would have been received the same way if told by someone who didnt have terminal cancer.
» SFB says: If you’ve ever watched Louis C.K.’s show or comedy routines, you’d realize he’s the kind of person who can make a joke about anything in any context, under the belief that anything can be funny, though he’d be quick to turn the focus on the unexpected target. My take: You’re missing the point of his comment. Instead of thinking that this immediately applies to rape jokes or jokes about genocide or what have you, Louie is saying that great comedy is supposed to challenge you with unexpected contexts and nuances, which is something that Tig Notaro’s set did. Instead of looking for ways to tear apart the comment, look at the context and the roots that he was getting at. — Ernie @ SFB
I really hope people keep buying it a lot, so I can have #(&!loads of money, but at this point I think we can safely say that the experiment really worked. If anybody stole it, it wasn’t many of you. Pretty much everybody bought it. And so now we all get to know that about people and stuff. I’m really glad I put this out here this way and I’ll certainly do it again.Comedian Louis C.K. • Expressing pleasure at the success of his self-produced comedy special, “Live at the Beacon Theater.” The comic, currently on an upswing as a result of his hit FX comedy “Louie,” did something fairly novel with the release model for the special — he threw it online himself, charged $5 for streaming or a digital download, passed on the DRM, and made a point of asking nicely for people not to throw the video on torrent sites. (Some did, but they were roundly criticized by their Pirate Bay peers.) The result of Louis C.K.’s move? In just its first couple of days on sale, it sold 110,000 copies, leading to $500,000 in sales and $200,000 in pure profit. He puts it like such: “This is less than I would have been paid by a large company to simply perform the show and let them sell it to you, but they would have charged you about $20 for the video.” Which means, guys, that Louis C.K. is a genius apparently. source (via • follow)