Comedian Josh Denny joins me for a long conversation about cancel culture, conservatives and libertarians in the entertainment industry, and his old show Ginormous Food, which aired on the Food Network.
He’s a very interesting guy who had a huge, unpleasant run-in of his own with cancel culture a few years ago. He kept his sense of humor (not as easy for us comedians as you might think), refused to let them ruin him, and found a new audience in the process.
Josh came to my attention when he had a thoughtful, very direct twitter thread response to Jim Gaffigan, who had said that he risked a lot by sharing his anti-Trump thoughts in an f-bomb laden rant on the last night of the RNC. Josh’s response went kind of viral. Here is the beginning of the thread if you want to catch up on it before listening:
I’ve always liked @JimGaffigan. I’ve never met him. I don’t agree with everything he said in his rant this past week, but I’ll defend his right to say it. Here’s my problem when this happens though (I’m going to tweet my thoughts, so strap in):
— Josh Denny (@JoshDenny) August 31, 2020
This was a fun episode. It was great getting to “meet” Josh and we’re already discussing working together.
Yeah, I need to get back on stage.
PJ Media Senior Columnist and Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author of “Don’t Let the Hippies Shower” and “Straight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.” His columns appear twice a week.