“I say what everyone’s thinking and afraid to say.” – Joan Rivers. You write beautifully about your friend Joan Rivers in this book. There’s a reason it’s called an act. No one else saw the joke. Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense. Edward Blake Do you think there would be less unrest these days if people were better able to express themselves? : There’s no nuance in a Tweet. [speaking to Moloch]  !” And, to make matters worse, we have a “President” who says the most hateful, destructive, racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, xenophobic things. Comedian Ricky Gervais is no stranger to controversy. You really don't give a damn about human beings. Turn off the radio. After a while, people in the audience would think “Oh, she has the same issues we have.” Comedy’s a weapon. You could've turned the gun into steam, the bullets into mercury, the bottle into goddamned snowflakes but you didn't, did you? Now, we finally have the power to finish the job. God help us all. People are now “triggered” by words—just the word, not a word in a context. More specifically, "the joke" seems to be the idea that there's really anything good and virtuous. It’s a living, breathing art form. Edward Blake JG: Oh, absolutely. JG: They take a portion of it and can destroy someone’s career! I feel like a normal person. I don't know that this book has any particular groundbreaking revelations about what it is to be a comedian, as an aspiring writer and a fellow human being I related to everything in this book. "No" spelled N-O. Y'know, as a country. From what? : No comedian was thinking of you when they wrote the joke. So did my brother. : You know, mankind's been trying to kill each other off since the beginning of time. [to Dr. Manhattan]  | It's all a joke. Congress is pushing through some new bill that's gonna outlaw masks. Part history lesson, part manifesto, Yes, I Can Say That… brings together her encyclopedic knowledge of the ebb and flow of the comedy business with a hard look at the fork in the road at which it stands in the social media age, where political correctness threatens to alter the very filter through which comedians reach their audience or muzzle them outright. He is proud, but not “humbled” and dreams of working with Jane Lynch. Gold was kind enough to chat with me from her home in Provincetown in between dog sitting Maddie, her ex-partner’s Cockapoo (“Is that the most lesbian thing you’ll ever hear…?”) and her outdoor gigs. You know if we'd lost here in Vietnam, I think it might've driven us crazy. He sees that there is no point to anything, the universe is indifferent and cold. Since you’re a New Jersey native, can we take any credit for your comic bite? The truth is, you're the closest thing to a friend I got. As my mother used to say “If we weren’t laughing, we’d be crying.” Sometimes the only way to deal with certain situations is gallows humor. The Pagliacci joke is symbolic of the Comedians nihilism, as well as plays into the 'Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?' Becoming a satire of the farce allows him a facade of control, a coping mechanism for his existential nihilism. What happened to the American Dream? Every comic does that, so why shouldn’t I? Edward Blake Dan Dreiberg Are there no depths you won't sink to? Tangentially related but I've been thinking about Watchmen lately and I feel the basic idea is be careful whose shoulders you stand on. That's right. It doesn’t make any situation worse. JG: Oh, she really embodied free speech, and she was never more relevant than when she died at 82. I don't know. JG: That’s right. : JG: Exactly. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site! Putting up a front as hero while allowing the universe to have its way with him and whomever winds up on the wrong side of his gun. You performed in Provincetown this summer for live audiences by taking your act outdoors. When you look at Randy, all he’s doing is spreading good and humor, and ten years ago he wrote stuff he is mortified [by] at this point. oNce you realize what a joke everything is, Being the comedian is the only thing that makes sense. But the Comedian just saw the world, and saw that it was shitty and base and going to hell in a handbasket, and decided to just play along and use it as an excuse to have a bit of fun. Everybody chooses to be in on the joke together but that doesn't make it funny. | I've heard a lot of insight into the characters of Ozymandias, Rorschach and Dr. Manhattan over the years, but I feel like I haven't had a good thorough analysis of The Comedian presented to me and still don't quite know what to make of him, so I'd really like to hear what you have to say. Treated it like a joke, but he understood. Filming & Production The prerequisite for making a legitimate go at comedy is not only being funny, but also money. What did she teach you that helped you to come into your own as a comedian? Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense. You also point out Don Rickles would never succeed if he were starting out today with the same act. I would say “Joan, you don’t know what you did…” and she’d say “Oh, I did nothing.” I would think “You did everything.” Chris Rock said “she is the Mount Rushmore” and she is. (Spoilers) Then, when Ozy kills him, I guess that makes sense because Ozy basically has to kill that version of America for anything/the world to succeed. All right? [to Eddie after sending Laurie away from him]  : This is my livelihood. First he dressed up like a clown and beat up thugs. That’s the sanctity of marriage? You have to know how to deal with the fucking shit that gets thrown your way. He saw the cracks in society, saw the little men in masks trying to hold it together...he saw the true face of the twentieth century and chose to become a reflection of it, a parody of it. If you don’t like my comedy, you don’t have to watch it, but you don’t get to tell me I shouldn’t ever be able to tell another joke or work again. How do you do the job without compromise? “My Life on a Diet”: Renée Taylor, ladies and gentlemen, and what a life she’s led! [Eddie is aggressively coming on to Sally despite her reluctance]  Dan Dreiberg It's that all of society from justice to culture is an artificial construction. What is this thing where we’re never supposed to feel uncomfortable? hah. Also, why do we want to stop ourselves from laughing? In a troubling time that has left many sidelined, the New Jersey native has been busy as ever with a little luck and a strong work ethic. Knowledge is damning, ignorance is bliss and he is both envious and and angry of the general public who haven't caught on to the 'joke'. It bothers me, because I don't see why he's as bothered as he is. I laughed!” Just to forget for an hour, like, oh my God, what a shit show we’re living in! Edward Blake This isn't some kind of dumb "Elseworld" or something, though there are aspects of the Charlton characters in our heroes, particularly Dreiberg and Rorschach. Release Dates It’s just a release. “Drink Lysol”? I lost friends. Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense. That’s why people feel threatened by it. The book’s concept came to Gold unexpectedly. I first read Watchmen about a decade ago and have reread it 3 or 4 times since then. I mean, my filthy language, filthy vocabulary (Laughs) I am so New Jersey roots I can’t even tell you. Second, the joke isn’t about you. You can’t be a comedian without a point of view. So if someone told you to be upset because you heard this word or that thought, well…who the fuck are you? So when someone says “Listen, I was a different person, I’m sorry” then move the fuck on. "Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense." You wouldn’t do half the shit you did 15 years ago! That's why he was lonely. So if someone told you to be upset because you heard this word or that thought, well…who the fuck are you? Is that the problem? Edward Blake God damn I love working on American soil, Dan. : Sally Jupiter JG: Once you take the intent of the comedian out of the equation, the context of the joke and any nuance associated with it, there’s no comedy left. And you gunned her down. Are we going to punish him? : You give a voice to peoples’ frustration and anger that’s therapeutic because you’re funny. If you don’t like the joke, then don’t listen to it.

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