Funny: The Next Generation

The new comedians rely on characters, gimmicks and physical comedy. The joke has died

Kids, if you want to be famous, don't try stand-up comedy. Sure, it worked for Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey and, at least for a while, Ellen DeGeneres, but at what cost? Traveling from town to town, standing in front of a brick wall, yelling like a crazy person, delivering the same jokes night after night--what kind of life is that? Being a comic is being in show business only in the way that being a bowler is being in professional sports. And much like a bowler, you will have groupies, but they will look like the Nanny. Within this Comedy...

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