The Hollywood writers and producers cannot understand why no one is interested in watching their sit-coms anymore on TV? Well, did it ever occur to them that some of the stuff is not all that funny anymore? The film industry’s comedy films are also getting killed at the box office. What happened? No, what really happened? Is Hollywood in denial?
Remember the audience is always correct, if they don’t enjoy it, it just ai not that great. And,’if and when’ they don’t like it, they sure as hell do not need to cover it, or invest their precious time listening or viewing it on TV.
Then, there was an interesting in article from the Wall Street Journal recently titled;”Comedy Slump Not a Laughing Matter,” by Ben Fritz published on June 26, 2018 which stated:”Last year’s most successful comedy,”Girl’s Trip,” took in $117 million in the US and Canada. The last time the year’s highest grossing comedy grossed so little was 1995, when ticket prices were 52 percent less on average.”
The article also stated:”Traditional comedies are fighting for oxygen in the box office, caught between superhero sequels that integrate laughs and a vast buffet of stand-up specials, sitcoms, amateur pranks and first films on electronic services such as Netflix and YouTube.”
What I, as a movie critic writer, have noticed, is that each and every sit-com seems to brush up against the PC culture and quickly back-away, and assault the politically expedient right-side of the equation. Maybe this is because the comedy writers all live and work in places where most everybody has left-leaning political views, and they assume it is funny to everyone, and that if anyone does not like the jokes, then they’re dumb, or out of touch with reality.
Perhaps, it is this feedback loop that has now been tagged; the’Echo Chamber’ where conformational bias occurs. Indeed, it hardly matters what it’s called or why it keeps happening if no one in Hollywood, late-night comedy notices, because now that crowds have been split in half and each show is catering to the same half of the remaining market, no one is making any money, and audiences, yes, even on the left are getting bored with it all; it’s just not funny anymore. And despite popular belief in NYC, LA and DC, our president does not bathe in Cheetos dust.