Nazeem Hussain, Emily Heller and Stephen K Amos answer one pressing topic: how do you induce gags about the US president?
Forget Uber rides, Tinder shenanigans and airline meat; standup comedys topic du jour is Donald Trump. But has the orange ones ascent to the US presidency been a boon for comics, or does he represent a threat too grave to be flippant about? How has the role of comedy shifted in an period in which the old rules of political participation ought to have radically rewritten?
With the Melbourne International Comedy festival taking over the city throughout April, we caught up with some of its performers to mull these issues and asking questions: how are you dealing here Trump?
Its hard to induce[ Trump] funny because it is a very real terror and its still so new. Im still figuring it out. But I feel like it colourings every joke, whether[ the joke] is explicitly about Trump or not. I dont know if comedy has the ability to change folks thinkers but Im hearing from audiences that they need it, that it stimulates them seem less alone.
I used to think comedy was a medium to address any kind of person but now, sometimes, you get a clearly articulated sense that audience members support Trump and, when I get that appreciation, I dont really am worried about entertaining them any more.
The day after such elections, I was scheduled to perform on a indicate to celebrate Hillary Clintons win. It was an all-female lineup and it terminated up being one of the best indicates Ive ever done. It was full of people who were incredibly confused and disappointed and it terminated up being enormously cathartic. It reminded me how valuable live performance is.
Emily Heller is one of the USs most acclaimed young comics and writers. She has appeared on Conan, Chelsea Lately and Late Night with Seth Meyers