Welcome to the third installment of DUDEFIGHTS, a new-ish and surprisingly regular feature that highlights Inside Boys fighting with each other and me just sitting back and enjoying the action.
In today’s Dudefight, Andrés du Bouchet, a very funny dude who gets paid to write jokes that are said by Conan O’Brien (another very funny dude) on that dude’s TV show (very funny), complained about the sort of jokes that other (mostly) dudes are writing for other dudes (mostly named Jimmy) who then say those jokes on late night television. In classic dudefight form, du Bouchet aired these grievances on Twitter, a place where the dudes who follow him could fav in support. Here is the now-deleted tweetstorm, via Vulture:
Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherfucking shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars. I’m fat.
and shove your lip-synching up your ass.
Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. Fuck.
None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos.
Once again I’m a bonehead for tweeting as a fan of comedy instead of as a guy who earns a living doing it.
@guybranum thanks but now comes the inevitable dressing down at work for criticizing other talk shows!
add games and lip synching and nostalgia and karaoke to this list.
Sorry for being a bloviating elitist windbag last night. I know tons of talented people are making the stuff I enjoy shitting all over.
People with full time writing jobs on late night comedy shows usually get paid a healthy six figures and have access to the sort of lifestyle that I’d venture 99% of American ex-Prom Kings cannot. The very fact that you’re now making money writing jokes that all of the Prom Kings laugh at means that you won, bro. You won! You are the woman in a tight leopard print dress rendering her former bully speechless with lust and regret on an episode of Jenny Jones. You won! But I guess a crippling persecution complex is helpful to the comedic creative process.
Conan, in a surprisingly bold act of dude aggression, retorted with an aggressive subtweet.
Subtweets, Twitter, complaining about popular kids, the artistic integrity of late night comedy, a predictable self-effacing apology, a boss getting mad, the rare dude doubleslam... this dudefight really has it all!
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