The study delves deeper into age and gender e-laughter preference, and regional usage. Check it out. I hope they do this study each year.
A moderated discussion about a failed stand-up set with the audience? This is quite possibly a comedy first. Recently, Margaret Cho acknowledged to Jerry Seinfeld that she bombed a show at a New Jersey club. Audible boos were captured on TMZ.
Jerry Seinfeld told the New York Times, “At most workplaces, if there’s a problem on the job, there’s a conversation and usually some sort of outcome. But when a stand-up show doesn’t go well, the audience and the comedian both go home unhappy, sometimes not really sure what went wrong.”
He goes on to explain, “So as I was talking with Margaret about this show last week during the taping in L.A., we started wondering, wouldn’t it be something if we could go back to New Jersey, back to that club with the same audience and try to make things right? Have a discussion where both sides — comedian and audience — could talk about what happened? And then both of us could do a show — a sort of redo for the audience?”
Apparently the moderated discussion was filmed for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. I'm looking forward to seeing how Seinfeld moderated the discussion and the audience's response. Was it a particular joke early in the set that put them off or a series of jokes that amounted to a total meltdown? Was her comedy too edgy and if so why? Did anyone enjoy the show and feel unable to laugh?
This Vulture article offers a rare and fun romp through American comedy history. As with any list of this nature, there are moments where you think to yourself...really...this made the list? Or you wonder why is there a 5 year gap between some jokes. Did comedy stagnate or did the people not reward the latest comedy delivery innovations? Comedy is subjective so I guess the best thing to do is make your own list adjustments.
If you too are a comedy nerd and are looking for a more reflective and deeper dive into American comedy history, I highly recommend Kliph Nesterhoff's book, The Comedians.