Sebastian Maniscalco is a reluctant tradition warrior.
The comedy celebrity doesn’t ship lectures from his stand-up pulpit. He’s there to make audiences chuckle, and he does so with a largely PG-rated routine.
He nonetheless can’t assist commenting on a tradition warped by the woke thoughts virus.
In the course of the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Maniscalco mocked audiences lunging for a secure area, lest they be uncovered to, gasp, humor.
“If you feel triggered or offended they’re providing a safe space backstage where you’ll get some stress balls and a blankie,” he mentioned, joking that Lil Nas X was bringing his horse backstage as a assist animal.
“Personally, I would remove you from the arena, put you in a car and send you home.”
In his most up-to-date Netflix particular, “Is It Me,” he tore into dad and mom who enable their school-age youngsters to faux they’re animals within the classroom.
Now, he’s defending his craft on Deadline’s Crew Name Podcast.
The comic is on the promotional circuit on behalf of “About My Father,” a comic book ode to his pa. Robert De Niro co-stars as Salvo, an old-school Italian immigrant who nonetheless has a couple of classes his grownup son wants to listen to.
Cultures collide when the Maniscalcos meet the Collins clan, the ultra-rich household of the primary character’s girlfriend (Leslie Bibb).
The podcast host nudged Maniscalco in regards to the present comedy local weather. Comedian giants like Joe Rogan and Dave Chappelle danger “cancellation” for sharing the incorrect jokes or opinions. Others, like Josh Denny, should disguise their alternative of venues lest the far-Left strain them to cancel the gig earlier than it even begins.
Maniscalco insists most individuals simply need to have a superb time at a comedy present, however a tiny minority of the simply offended destroy the enjoyable.
“You can talk about anything you want. It’s just, now, you got a few people, a very few people, who get bent out of shape. Unfortunately, those people are the loudest people in the crowd,” Maniscalco mentioned.
“What I’ve seen, and I tour the country, is that comedy right now is booming. People are dying to laugh, they don’t care what you say,” he mentioned.
What’s extra, comedy audiences crave an genuine expertise that corresponds with the world round them, based on the Chicago native.
“You can’t really worry, you’re not gonna make everybody happy,” he says of his fellow comedians. “If you’re worried about what you’re gonna say and you gotta edit yourself, you might as well be driving a semi-truck across the country carting vegetables around.”
Comedians who self-censor “lose” their edge, he explains, including a last message for many who recoil on the “wrong” joke.
“The truth is funny, I’m sorry. And if people can’t take the truth, stay home,” he provides.