Blog 012 | Comedy Is Subjective

  • 05/06/2016

This blog, produced by UPP Studios, discusses audience perception and how comedy, by nature, is subjective. Comedy can be a tricky beast. It is difficult to tell what someone will or won't find funny. Even things that seem like obvious "home runs" can turn out to be major flops. The Cable Guy, starring Jim Carrey, for instance, should have been one such home run. It was produced by Judd Apatow (the same man who brought

Judd Apatow | Wikipedia Photo you Knocked Up, the 40 Year Old Virgin, Pineapple Express, and Trainwreck), and it starred powerhouse actors Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick. It was bashed by critics and some might say it's one of Carrey, Broderick, and Apatow's worst productions, but it's one of my personal favorites. Not only is it a fascinating character study in terms of the lonely sociopath that Jim Carrey plays, but it's also, in my opinion, funny as hell. Although all three had massive box office success and Apatow would go on to produce one box office smash after the next, not everything they create or participate in is widely accepted. Apatow was performing stand up comedy at the Comedy Store in LA this past Sunday night and, although he had a good portion of the crowd engaged, he wasn't as well received as one might think a heavy hitter such as himself would or should be. Even Bobby Lee, who followed Apatow at the Comedy Store, (who is better versed in stand up than Apatow) could only seem to engage half the audience. He commented turning to one half of the audience then to the other "[this half of the room is great. I love you guys. This half of the room fucking sucks]."

In addition to it being difficult to gauge one's comedy palate, it is difficult to tell what will offend people. Rubbing people the wrong way is a risk you run in comedy, particularly when dealing with hot button topics (such as race, religion, and other things people tend to be very opinionated about). Some people say that there are certain "politically incorrect" topics that are off limits, while others say that comedy knows no bounds.

UPP Studios | Comedy Is Subjective

At UPP Studios, we are not afraid to push the limits when it comes to our comedic content. Realizing that you can't please everyone, we fearlessly broach topics that some might shy away from. Two videos that display such instances are Payback and Donald Trump's Wall. Payback deals with suicide which some say isn't funny in any light. After posting the video, there were many people that reached out to UPP Studios wondering what we were thinking when we decided to make the video. Donald Trump's Wall makes fun of Donald Trumps tendency to say absurd things that are not only non-sensical, but often extremely offensive. Once released, there were several viewers who thought UPP Studios had actually released a serious pro-trump video, and did not shy away from outlasting in the comments section under the video on facebook. Neither instance of backlash was negative in the eyes of UPP Studios. We want our content to produce guttural reactions from our audience and that is precisely what these videos did. We want to touch people and induce an emotional response. It doesn't have to be positive, it just has to happen. UPP Studios hopes that our videos move you in some way. Thanks for tuning in and please let us know what you think, good or bad, in the comments section below our videos.