Chris Rock thinks YouTube has ruined stand-up comedy
Chris Rock hates YouTube. The comedian stopped by The Daily Show last night to promote his film 2 Days in New York and discussed his reluctance to perform stand-up in the era of YouTube. Rock thinks the platform deprives comedians of small-stage practice time and prevents them from ever re-telling jokes. ”It’s hard to go to the clubs cuz’ people [videotape] your sh– all the time, like before it’s ready,” he said.
Jon Stewart compared YouTube’s effect on stand-up to the adverse impact of television on vaudeville, and Rock concurred. Unlike musicians who are encouraged by fans to perform old hits, he said comedians are booed for repeating old material: “[Audience members say] ‘How dare you say the same funny thing you said last year!'”
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