Finally a good laugh at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A right-on audience is up in arms at discovering that there is such a thing as offensive comedy after all. Comedy-lovers who couldn't care less when other people's sensitivities are offended rush for the exits and demand censorship when their own are.
The offender is the black monologuist Tracy Morgan, like all Comedy Festival performers boring beyond belief, but nevertheless hailed as "edgy", "challenging" etc. But on Saturday evening Morgan made the mistake of getting on the wrong side of the anti-misogyny grievance-mongers. As the Herald Sun reports:
Disgusted comedy fans stormed out of Hamer Hall when the visiting American comedian let fly with a sexist rant on stage at the weekend.
An outpouring of anger hit social media after Morgan's two sold-out shows on Saturday night, with guests urging others to boycott future performances citing extreme misogyny and lack of humour.
(Who is doing the citing? The guests or or the future performances?)
The controversial comedian has a huge following as the star of hit TV show30 Rock and was performing at the comedy festival as part of a national tour.
His expletive-riddled show was saturated with offensive material about women and graphic sexual references, leading to about 50 people walking out and many more to express their revulsion and demand refunds.
Apparently these oh-so-broadminded people can take just so much smut before they stop tittering.
Sue, who was at the show, said the performance "went beyond the gutter". "It was all sexually related. He said he was a pervert and this is the sort of stuff he liked and then it went on from there,” Sue told 3AW radio.
"It was like a horrible experience. He went everywhere, he discussed disabled people having sex, what his experiences were, everything he discussed was just disgusting."
Quite euphonic, that last phrase. Perhaps Sue should be on stage herself. As for Morgan, he should have stuck to the usual Comedy Festival formula of jibes against conventional morality, the Coalition and Christianity and he would have had them in the aisles.
15 April 2013