Comedian Billy Crystal informed the New York Post in an interview printed Thursday that he thinks the present state of comedy is a “minefield.”
“It’s becoming a minefield and I get it. I don’t like it. I understand it,” he stated whereas selling his new film, “Here Today.”
“I just keep doing what I’m doing and that’s all you can do right now,” he added. “It’s a totally different world [now] and it doesn’t mean you have to like it.” Crystal’s feedback had been seemingly in response to so-called “cancel culture” — the place public figures are torn down after publicly judged for transgressions, perceived or actual.
Some leisure and media figures have have come out swinging in opposition to it in latest months, publishing letters, quitting high-profile jobs and publicly worrying that foundational parts of contemporary tradition will crumble as a result of society is evolving.
When requested to touch upon the poorly rated Oscars held just some weeks in the past, Crystal dodged the query.
“Were they on?” the nine-time Academy Awards host stated. “You know I’d rather talk about ‘Here Today,’” he added. “It’s an interesting time, it’s an interesting time.”
In his evaluation of “Here Today,” TheWrap critic Alonso Duralde described the movie — which Crystal co-wrote, directed, and stars in — as a “tale of a legendary comedy writer facing the grim realities of oncoming dementia.” Tiffany Haddish co-stars as, Duralde says, “a magical caregiver.”
Crystal informed the Post that the connection between his and Haddish’s characters is crucial a part of the characteristic: “That’s something that we really need more of, the country, and that is empathy and that’s what I think is the beautiful part of this friendship. She gives up a chance for her career to move forward to take care of him. And I think that’s a beautiful thing.”
Read the comic’s Post interview right here.
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