Thursday's HOT MIC

Thursday's HOT MIC

Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome: Hollywood is blaming it's crappy comedies on Trump rather than on the whole crappy thing.

HotAir has the tale of woe:

What’s really behind the decline at the box office in 2017? Is it “franchise fatigue,” as the Hollywood Reporter predicted in May? Studios projected the year to end up near 2014’s nadir even before a bad stretch for some of Hollywood’s most anticipated releases followed. Christian Toto discovered that some media outlets think it might be more attributable to … Donald Trump. After The House, a highly promoted Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler vehicle, tanked on its debut, Variety started looking for answers:

The answers it found we're really, really stupid.

But why aren’t critics and audiences pleased? Another point that’s been raised is that many of the scripts produced and released this summer were sold in a pre-Trump era. The definition of what makes a good comedy has changed quickly and dramatically in the past year. “Saturday Night Live” and late-night television have captured much of the comedy zeitgeist during and especially since the election — how are movies supposed to compete? Unlike a daily or weekly television show with a team of writers reacting to that day’s trending story, most movies spend years in development before hitting the big screen. Studios can only hope that the next big idea for what comedy means today is already in the works.

As a professional comedian who's been at this for decades (I'll be in Indy in a couple of weeks, kids!), I can assure you that good comedy does not change that much in a two or three year span. Heck, Will Ferrell has become a very wealthy man playing the same character in every movie for twenty years, are we really going to pretend that he'd have re-worked his shtick if he'd seen the whole Trump thing coming?

Hollywood is lazy right now. Its comedies are tired and predictable. Harold Ramis is dead. There are any legitimate number of reasons that things are tanking, but Donald Trump isn't one of them. Liberals think that just because they've been pinched and bitter (OK, more pinched and more bitter) that everyone has.

I would love to be excited about any upcoming comedy release.

When is the Deadpool sequel happening again?