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Daniel Tosh Just Isn't Funny
Kevin Broccoli

This is one of those trending news topics that seems to have ten conflicting accounts, so bear with me for a paragraph. Daniel Tosh, comedian and host of Comedy Central's "Tosh.0" (a show where Internet videos are played and mocked by Tosh) is taking a lot of heat because, allegedly, he made a rape joke at a comedy club, a woman got offended and as she was leaving, Tosh asked the crowd if it would be funny for everyone to rape her.

Or something like that. I couldn't be bothered to look up all the different articles to achieve some sort of "accuracy." I'm a blogger, not a journalist. Regardless of what Tosh said, I still think he should lose his job, and it hasn't nothing to do with the fact that he may or may not have told a rape joke.

I think he should lose his job because he's just not funny.

First off, let's address the elephant. You can't say anything is never funny in any context in any way. That's ridiculous. I've heard funny Titanic jokes, funny Helen Keller jokes, and yes, funny 9/11 jokes. Would I tell them? Probably not. But I found them funny. That makes them funny. Not because I'm the determiner (determiner--is that a word?) of what is and isn't funny, but because there isn't a determiner (I think it's a word) which means if someone find what you said funny, then congratulations, it's a funny joke.

Now, I have no doubt in my mind that if Daniel Tosh told a rape joke, it probably wasn't funny at all and the only people who would have laughed would be misogynistic stoned frat boys who probably would roofie some poor high school senior at one of their keg parties. I also know, however, that a smarter comedian could probably come up with a joke about rape that would be funny and maybe even unoffensive.

Ultimately, if I argue for anything, it's for free speech and that you can't put limitations on what's funny.

I would also argue, however, that Daniel Tosh should lose his job because his job is to be funny and he's not.

Not at all.

He shows videos and comments on them in front of a green screen. He's basically the 2012 version of Bob Saget. I have a strong feeling that he's only on television for the Magic Mike factor--meaning, he's pretty to look at, so he can get girls and gays to watch a show they probably otherwise wouldn't. I used to watch the show because he'd inevitably take his shirt off at least once every episode. (Trust me, this guy knows where his strengths lie.)

But now I'm sort of over his man-child, back-of-the-classroom-hooligan act. It's getting old--mostly because he's pushing forty and you can only do burp-and-scratch humor until you become another Adam Sandler. Tosh doesn't even have a film career to fall back on when this little dog-and-pony show on Comedy Central ends. (And yes, I'm aware it's a ratings behemoth for them, but even behemoths can run their course.)

It's possible even that television Tosh is just a persona and that all that Hee-man woman-hating garbage is just him Tim Allen-ing his way into success (and if you don't understand that reference, then I'm not sure I can still be friends with you). What disturbs me more is that some guys actually are pounding their chests like apes and saying that bad rape jokes are awesome and while you're at it, get me a beer from the kitchen, woman.

I say take the guy off the air because television doesn't need a program like "Tosh.0." We already have "The Soup," which is smarter, funnier, and yes, I would even say classier, but that's because Joel McHale hosts it, and let's fact it, he's a hottie.

But if you really want Tosh off the air, just do what I do.

Stop watching his show.

Kevin Broccoli is a local writer, actor, and director living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. His work has been produced by various companies across the state. He can be reached at Kevin071984@yahoo.com.

3 comments on this item

I'm not an *!&^#% so i'm not gonna call you one for disliking one of my favourite comedians, but how is it that a guy who finds 911 jokes funny think that a mild rape joke isn't funny? The joke was: Tosh makes a rape joke then everyone laughs except one girl who yells at tosh so he says "wouldn't it be funny if a bunch of dudes randomly came in here and started raping her?" It's an ironic type of joke that i guess to some people is offensive. Laughter comes from pain. If you find that tosh is too offensive or not funny than don't check out the great George Carlin, or Louis CK, because im sure if you listened to them for even five minutes you would say that they aren't great? Well no offence but the rest of people disagree.

Gon have to disagree with iamjosh.

Broccoli never said he "finds 911 jokes funny".. he said that he has "heard...funny 911 jokes" If a 911 joke is funny, then sure, it's funny. A funny joke is funny. 911 jokes and rape jokes aren't as a rule funny. They are only funny if they are funny. And I would argue that most of such jokes are not all that funny, because typically comedians use these "controversial topics" as a cheat to add humor to their joke.. as if being controversial made the joke funny. It's kind of cheap when you think about it. It's like this guy isn't clever enough to think of something originally funny, so he must resort to using "shock value".

But, some of us are beyond "shock value" humor. An important element of humor is surprise, but topics such as rape, the holocaust, etc, have lost their shock value as jokes. I have heard it a billion times. Comedians such as Tosh, and yes, George Carlin, think that they are so goddamn funny and original,

and that anyone who doesn't find a joke of theirs funny must be uptight, or offended by the content. when actually, their material simply lacks comedic talent and cleverness. that's all there is to it. and i AM offended by their USING certain topics to try and INTIMIDATE the audience into finding them funny for fear of looking uptight...hmmmph!!

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