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There are some comedians that I just don’t get. I understand that stand-up is an entirely subjective thing, and everyone likes something different, and some people are passionate about it. I just got an email from a guy who took exception to the review I did of Eddie Murphy’s Raw. I didn’t like Raw, and I said so. I don’t find Eddie Murphy to be a funny comedian. And I said so. And he heard me say so on the radio. About…two years and six months ago, if my math is correct. And he sent me the email of complaint last week. He sat on it for a long time. He worried about it and stewed about it, and eventually decided he HAD to say something to defend Eddie Murphy.
I don’t expect that I will get anyone retroactively defending Jo Koy two and a half years from now. I suspect Jo Koy will not be around two and a half years from now. But then, stranger things have happened. Jo Koy: Don’t Make Him Angry comes out on DVD May 19th from Paramount Home Entertainment, and I must say it’s not awful. Instead, it’s just…nothing. There really is nothing there for me. Koy goes through the motions of being a comedian – road rage and being Asian in Alabama and Michael Phelps and hating France and so forth.
Then he tries to do the “edgy” stuff by talking about his toddler son and the filthy things he does. This doesn’t work for me. I didn’t find it offensive – Koy is a comedian, and by definition comedians can’t be offensive, really. I just found it contrived. And then toward the end, he totally lost whatever interest I might have had in the special when he went off on just about the lamest, easiest thing a comedian could ever do. The whole “women are smarter than men, and tougher, and nicer, and cooler…” blah blah blah. Lost me. This is totally lame. I wondered if Koy was in trouble with his wife at home, or if he was gunning for his own sitcom. Either way, it had nothing to do with me. And I was gone.