Before “Joker” became a record-setting comic book film of October, director Todd Phillips was certainly vocal with the coming release of the picture. The director who previously helmed “The Hangover” trilogy remarked how he had apparently left comedy behind. He mostly blamed that current state of woke culture, remarking how it’s impossible to be funny in the current landscape of social media and public discourse. Of course, many fired back at Phillips for such an excuse in his shift towards drama but one person speaking out may surprise you.
Marc Maron, who made a brief appearance in “Joker” as a personal assistant on the Murray Franklin talk show, spoke up about Phillips’ statement recently on his WTF Podcast. Even though he worked with Phillips, Maron held nothing back in his criticism:
“There’s plenty of people being funny right now…There are still lines to be rode. If you like to ride a line, you can still ride a line. If you want to take chances, you can still take chances. Really, the only thing that’s off the table, culturally, at this juncture –and not even entirely– is shamelessly punching down for the sheer joy of hurting people. For the sheer excitement and laughter that some people get from causing people pain, from making people uncomfortable, from making people feel excluded. Y’know, that excitement.”
Maron is essentially saying what others have been noting about Phillips many condemnations, including the far-left being a burden on his ability to craft comedy. Basically, edgy comedy can still be done but don’t expect it to be widely accepted, especially if it’s punching down.