Woke Killed Comedy (Watch the scary numbers)

Numbers don’t lie and they often confirm our worst doubts.

Watch comedies on the big screen. When was the last thrilling movie to shake the box office in the tradition of “Step Brothers”, “Bridesmaids”? Sure, cartoons are often funny, and some MCU movies bring laughter along with superhero action sequences.

Old fashioned comedies, often R-rated and brimming with villains, are endangered species at movie theaters.

podcast giant Joe Rogan said a lot last year, and now we have facts to back it up.

Former Amazon Studios director Roy Price noticed some raw data regarding stand-up comedies and shared it via Twitter.

The-Numbers.com shows how Comedy films account for 20% of the total film market share in 1997. Six years later, that number peaked at 21.44%.

That year, we saw classic games like “Old School”, “Stuck on You” and “Stuck on You”.Evil Santa Claus.”

By 2020, the comedy market share will drop to 3.8%. Now, it stands at 6.73 percent after the first quarter of 2023.

What has changed? Isn’t it obvious?

Culture has changed and with it our ability to laugh at ourselves. Cute characters like Bluto from “Animal House” now too offensive. Select groups cannot be teased for fear that accusations of racism or bigotry will emerge.

Now, the jokes “trigger” select audiences, who enjoy the role of victims and rush to social media to share their outrage over their performance. And, sadly, these spirits dominate the culture in ways that terrify cowardly Hollywood.

comedy master Todd Phillips abandons this genre for that very reason.

Big-screen comedies like 2015’s “Get Hard” were criticized as racist, although black comedian Kevin Hart co-led alongside Will Ferrell. Amy Schumer premiered two comedies, “Snatched” (2017) and “I Feel Pretty” (2018), both of which were criticized as racist and/or problematic.

She hasn’t acted in a comedy on the big screen since.

Woke isn’t entirely to blame for the scarcity of big screen comedies. Some moved from theatrical release to streaming, though few were as groundbreaking as the “Old Schools” and “Step Brothers” of the old days.

Is anyone quoting “Holiday friends?” “Murder Mystery 1 or 2?” “Are you wrong?” “Spirit?” “Coming to 2 Americas?” “Wine country?”


This must be the golden age for comedy, in the same way that horror movies are exploding across the board. Modern culture is not only ripe for ridicule, but it can also be done for a fraction of the cost of an average blockbuster.

For starters, comedies don’t demand the A-list talent and hefty price tags they do. One of the best comedies of the modern era, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” stars actors who weren’t A-list stars at the time, including Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks.

Comedy films rarely require a CGI-heavy budget, which can make Return on Investment (ROI) harder to demonstrate.

Modern audiences crave escapism, and the best way to make them forget their troubles is to laugh. That’s why comics revolt like Ryan Long, Chrissie MayrTyler Fisher, Tim Dillon and of course, Joe Rogan thrives on alternative platforms.

This comedy video, with no marketing or studio behind it, generated millions of views within a few days.

Andrew Schulz independently sold his “Notorious” special and quickly turned a profit. Louis CK, rescinded by mainstream Hollywood for his gross sexual behavior, Madison Square Garden sold out this early year.

We crave laughter, but Hollywood is too cowardly to meet us halfway.



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