The Hollywood writers and producers cannot understand why nobody is interested in watching their sit-coms anymore on TV? Well, did it ever occur to them that some of the stuff is not all that funny anymore? The film industry’s comedy films will also be getting killed at the box office. Stand-up comedy is doing OK, but in the new PC world, comedy routines often turn off half of the crowd during any given skit, throw in politics and yes, you get some headlines but comedians are divided and conquered. What happened? No, what really happened?
Remember the audience is always correct, if they do not enjoy it, it just ai not that great. And,’if and when’ they do not like it, they sure as hell don’t need to pay for it, or invest their precious time listening or viewing it on TV.
Now then, there was an interesting in article in the Wall Street Journal recently titled;”Comedy Slump Not a Laughing Matter,” by Ben Fritz published on June 26, 2018 which stated:”Last year’s most successful comedy,”Girl’s Trip,” took in $117 million in the united states and Canada. The last time the year’s highest grossing comedy grossed so modest was 1995, when ticket prices were 52% less on average.”
The article also said:”Conventional comedies are fighting for oxygen in the box office, captured between superhero sequels that integrate laughs and a huge buffet of stand-up specials, sitcoms, amateur pranks and first films on digital services like Netflix and YouTube.”
What I, as a film critic author, have noticed, is that each and every sit-com seems to brush up against the PC culture and quickly back-away, and attack the politically expedient right-side of the equation. Maybe , this is because the comedy writers all live and work in areas where most everyone has left-leaning political perspectives, and they assume it is funny to everyone, and that if anybody does not like the jokes, then they’re dumb, or out of touch with reality.
Perhaps, it is this feedback loop which has been tagged; the’Echo Chamber’ in which conformational bias occurs. Indeed, it barely matters what it’s called or why it keeps happening if nobody in Hollywood, late-night comedy notices, because now that audiences are split in half and every series is catering to the same half of the rest of the market, no one is making any money, and audiences, yes, even on the left are getting bored with all of it; it’s simply not funny anymore. And despite popular belief in NYC, LA and DC, our president doesn’t bathe in Cheetos dust.