Joe Rogan, comedian and host of the popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” has opened a new comedy club in Austin, Texas, aimed at giving canceled comedians a platform to perform. The move comes amid a growing trend of comedians being “canceled” for controversial or offensive remarks, with some losing gigs and sponsorships as a result.
The Comedy Mothership has opened in Austin, Texas, with the aim of offering a venue for comedians who feel they’ve been “canceled” or stifled by “cancel culture”. There should be no shortage of talent on hand. The opening night featured well-known comedians, including Roseanne Barr, and tickets sold for up to $500 on the aftermarket, indicating the venue’s popularity. Outkick had this to say:
Comedy Mothership opened in Austin, Texas, this month. Rogan promoted its initial lineup with a group of canceled” comedians such as David Lucas, Ron White, Tim Dillon, Tony Hinchcliffe, and Roseanne Barr.
All strong, independent comedic voices.
“I’m drunk and on mushrooms in my new club! This is as high as I’ve ever been onstage,” said Rogan, via The New York Post.
“I need to connect with this moment.”
.@JoeRogan held the first show at his anti-cancel culture comedy club, Comedy Mothership, featuring a lineup of comedians who have been "canceled."
The show featured Roseanne Barr, David Lucas, Ron White, Tony Hinchcliffe, and more.https://t.co/SYnNQHlUhi
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 9, 2023
Rogan, who has been vocal in his criticism of cancel culture, hopes to provide a space where comedians can perform without fear of backlash or censorship and will reportedly feature a “safe space” for comedians to experiment with new material and push boundaries. Rogan has said that the club will not be a “political” space and will welcome all comedians, regardless of their views. Outkick continued:
Rogan says he plans to create a safe space for comedians to practice comedy without the fear of being canceled.
“You can’t fire me from my own club, b–ch!” he added.
“I felt compelled to do it … I never wanted to own a comedy club, and I always felt like you just had to be nice to comedy club owners because you never want to be one of those people. But then when I knew I was moving here, and [Austin’s Capital City Comedy Club] was already closed. I was like, ‘Maybe I should buy a f–king club, and start a club.’ And that became my focus,” Rogan said on the Theo Von podcast.
The club has a two-drink minimum policy and is divided into two stages, with the main room having no bad seats. However, the opening night was not without controversy, with The Hollywood Reporter citing anti-transgender jokes and a homophobic slur during the performances.
Rogan makes it clear on the club’s website that you had better research the comedians before buying tickets. Outkick also said:
Comedy Mothership’s website advises potential attendees to research the performing comedians before attending. That way they can avoid a fearless comedian hurting their fragile feelings.
“Comedy is subjective and certain comedians are not for everybody. Watching a YouTube clip or reading the headliner’s biography is a great way to get insight on the expected performance,” the website reads.
Comedy is dying a slow death in America, and has been replaced with generic, watered down virtue signaling that lacks creativity, and most of all humor.
Russel Brand on the Joe Rogan Podcast👉 We forget that the “news” is a TV show…a commercial product that has to stay on the rails. pic.twitter.com/OImxDnO83s
— 🇺🇸Will🇺🇸 (@notBilly) March 6, 2023
Network television and most Hollywood comedies are a fine example, unless your idea of funny is a gay dude, an Asian, a transgendered, and a non-binary sitting around talking about Trump. Actually, I see a potential real joke there, it just involves all of them walking into a bar. Rather than my own bad jokes, maybe Rogan can get comedy back on the right track. Outkick concludes:
But Rogan hopes to change that. Joe Rogan can provide exiled comedians a safe space to be funny, kick back, and not worry about how some joke will land on Twitter, the land of the offended.
Comedy Mothership won’t end cancel culture. But it can put a dent into the woke’s plans by allowing comedians to be funny in at least one club in the country.
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