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In addition to his post here, Ian and I have been having an email conversation about this. We disagree about whether or not he was taken out of context, though it's true he did give me a much longer response than I could use. Most of the comedians did, and I used their comments in the context they were given.
His discussion of the comedian's process was unique, something not offered by the other comedians. I told him and I'll repeat here that I think it's a perspective worth having as a part of the discussion. It's worth considering that someone like Daniel Tosh can't go down to the Boiler Room on a Monday night and work out a tough joke. He has to do it in a very public place. And if it goes badly, a lot of people are going to know about it. That perspective adds complexity to the discussion. Doesn't make Tosh right or wrong, more of a hack or less of a hack. It's simply a factor worth including.
This perspective is also consistent with what I've seen of Ian's involvement on this issue in live conversations and social media the last few days. So I disagree strongly that it can only be understood properly if there is also a disquisition about how Ian is one of the "good" guys who understands that rape is abhorrent. Frankly, having seen Ian's act many times and having a lot of respect for him, I'd take that as a given. As I would for any of the comics included in the piece.
Ian is a great guy. Both he and Bri Pruett are hilarious, and I wouldn't hesitate to call either of them feminists, assuming that worked for them. For his part, Ian has also been very active in defending Tosh's process. Which is what I found interesting and different, and why it's what I quoted.
You're very smart, Graham. Much smarter than I am, obviously. Despite your not being able to spell or take off the caps lock. It didn't work for you. Jeff Dunham doesn't work for me. To each their own. Happy trolling.
Glad I could help you out, Graham. But I encourage you to be more open-minded. Not *everyone* can be Whitney Cummings.
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