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David Spade Thinks About Cancel Culture, Chris Rock Slap, And How Much Comedy Has Changed

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As a close friend, as an old friend SNL Chris Rock co-star, stand-up comedian and former awards show host David Spade is in a unique position to talk about Will Smith’s slapping at the Oscars He defended his sidekick in the aftermath of the initial assault, but now he’s added some very thoughtful comments about what happened and how much the comedy has changed.

David Spade, who guested on Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, was asked about his take on doing comedy in an era of cancellation culture. He said he’s not typically someone who “starts a lot of shit” in stand-ups, but pointed out people like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Bill Burr who really push boundaries. That was “really the idea” when he first started doing comedy. Some even try to tear comedians apart if they are offended if there is “no malice” behind them. Here are some of his thoughts…

That was the idea when I entered. You want to push it a little. you want to make people laugh You want to hit them with the element of surprise… when people want to come in and stop (just kidding) and ruin your life without even saying “stop.” It’s very hard to understand people want to do that to other people. I know you’re offended. I know you’re hurt, but do you really kill people? People have families and lives, so some people crave it, and it’s hard. In the world of comedy, you really, in the end, have no ill intentions behind it. So if you say something, it doesn’t mean you mean it. Hey, I say this because you don’t think I say it. And it’s funny, and we all laugh.