This pure comedic distillation was something he tried to do at Weekend Update, where his bland delivery bewildered as many people as it enchanted; It's something he does, even though he reads dreary one-liners from a note card during a Bob Saget roast. In that Times In his profile, Jerry Seinfeld describes Macdonald's approach as "sophisticated stupidity," a performance that is considered fundamental, but then occasionally gives the audience an indication that something is going deeper.

There may not be a better example than his moth jokes on Conan O'Brien's show, a long and shaggy yarn with a jagged ending that also shows what a good actor Macdonald can be and how precise his craft is. It shows the audience how powerful a properly used punch line can be, even if the other rules of the joke article are removed. That's something that contemporary comedians like Hannah Gadsby, whose Nanette has become a sight that you can no longer see in old comics like Macdonald – just for a variety of reasons.

Macdonald attacked Gadsby in a discouraging interview The Hollywood Reporter that has attracted negative attention. On the press tour for his new show, Macdonald expressed his dismay over the recent problems faced by two of his oldest friends in business-Louis CK, who wrote the foreword to his autobiography, and Roseanne Barr, who gave Macdonald his first writing job , on Roseanne in 1992. After years of denial, C.K. acknowledged that he was guilty of sexual harassment and misconduct last November; Barr saw the revival of Roseanne canceled in May after a naked racist tweet was broadcast on former Barack Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett. "There are very few people who have gone through what they have and lose everything in one day, of course, people will go," What about the victims? "But you know what? The victims did not have to go through that," he mused ,

It was a statement that did not stand up to the farthest test, and Macdonald went back quickly, if awkwardly. However, it revealed the strange lack of empathy for the victim, which has occasionally been shown in the world of comedies, as it has to do with the actions of comedians like C.K. and Barr. Macdonald, like so many comedians, is aware of how crucial it is to be in front of an audience. But by emphasizing this, he emphasizes the real pain caused by the misconduct of C.K. and Barr.

An even less familiar part of this interview is probably Macdonald's hostility to current humor, as he has become known on "Weekend Update". Macdonald denounces the premise of his new show Daily showThe inspired trend for late-night comedy to become political and champion the less astute work of Jimmy Fallon: "It's all about fun and folly – that's what his audience wants." (Fallon's ratings are indeed behind them his more recent rival, Stephen Colbert, since Donald Trump's election.) Meanwhile, he dismisses Gadby's smash hit special, Nanette, a confrontational performance piece that deals with the cruel force of joke writing and the way male artists have shaped cultural conversation for centuries in such a way that their bad behavior is celebrated rather than criticized.



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