Joe Rogan’s name is almost becoming synonymous with ‘controversy’ as the American podcaster and former UFC commentator has become well-known for happily voicing whatever pops into his head.
During a recent episode of his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan was talking to his guest Tom Papa – an American comedian – and the two agreed that “wokeness” has taken over Hollywood and “murdered” the comedy genre.
“It’s like wokeness killed the comedy movie in a lot of ways.”
Rogan asked Papa, “what was the last really good comedy movie?” and the two discussed a few comedies like This Is The End, a 2013 film starring James Franco, Jonah Hill & Seth Rogan, and Project X, a 2012 film about an out of control house party, before finally agreeing that The Hangover, the hugely successful 2009 film starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis & Ed Helms is “the last great comedy movie.”
Of course, plenty of comedy films that are genuinely hilarious and were rather successful at the box office have been released since 2009; Bridesmaids, We’re The Millers, Booksmart, Pitch Perfect… just to name a few. But according to Rogan, comedies just aren’t made anymore.
“Is there a woke comedy movie? Is there even an attempt? Is there even an attempt at a politically correct comedy movie? They just stopped making comedy movies.”
Papa added “that you can make a great comedy without being rapey or homophobic” which prompted Rogan to say:
“But it’s not just that; it’s, like, all abhorrent behaviour. It’s not an endorsement… here’s an example, American Psycho; you could do that movie today. And it wouldn’t be an endorsement of a person who’s a serial killer. It would just be a film about a serial killer.”
“But there’s a weird thing that happens when you’re making fun of something, somehow, supposedly it’s an endorsement of whatever that activity is…”
You can watch the whole conversation below: