(TW: the gif I’ve posted has rape mention)
Upon viewing and reading the materials for this week, my mind immediately went to comedian Bo Burnham and his blatantly charged humor (in the sense that he calls to mind inequities of society). One could also say he utilizes extravagant laughter too, inasmuch that he forces us to laugh at the blatant societal incongruities that he points out (call it, tugging on the heartstrings of white guilt).
Take a gander at one of my favorite songs titled “Straight White Man” where he expresses how “hard”it is to be one.click here
Although much of his content gets a lot of criticism, I tend to lean on the side that he uses his charged humor/extravagant laughter quite articulately. It’s cynical enough that it gets a laugh but also perfectly straight forward that it causes you to pause and go “Well, dang, that’s kinda messed up.”
Like the Krefting article suggests, comedians altered their styles to be more narrative, thus making the audience more susceptible to connection and intimacy with the comedian them-self. I feel Bo Burnham does this both ironically and effectively. He brings up issues like sexism, racism, ableism, gender, privilege, and many others while simultaneously portraying himself as his arrogant know-it-all. It blends perfectly together with the ultimately, quite important, messages he produces. What’s important about this is: because her persona is quite stand-offish, typical self-deprecating white comedic male, his audience may not be so narrow that it will be like (as we’ve mentioned a bunch of times in class) “talking into the echo chamber.”
In a lot of ways, Bo Burnham’s comedic style is comparatively criticized as South Park. The Thompson article mentions how the animated show is reprimanded for being “offensive for offense’s sake,” but like the article suggests about South Park, Burnham’s style is consistently this way. And being as such, it does not get in the way of its cultural and societal commentary.