Bad taste comics are lazy plagiarists

...says Jerry Sadowitz

Jerry Sadowitz has laid into bad-taste comics, claiming they lazily regurgitate his ideas without giving it any thought.

The acerbic comic –who starts a run in London’s Leicester Square Theatre this weekend – says he invented ‘politically incorrect’ comedy, and has been ripped off ever since by comics who put no thought into their work.

In an interview with Time Out, he said: ‘The subjects that I’ve talked about, I searched very deep to find those topics, and then had to find humour in them, simply because everything else had been done.

‘Paedophilia had not been done, jokes about pensions had not been done, or necrophilia, or any of these subjects – they’re not nice subjects, but I wanted to find something original, rather than just go over well-trodden territory. But those subjects have been hijacked.

‘Politically incorrect comedy is no genre: it’s me, and it’s been ripped off by loads and loads of comics. So, basically, when I say they’re all cunts, I’m not joking.’

‘They haven’t thought about it. They lifted a subject, which they’ve given no thought to, and they’ve made a flippant gag about it. I don’t think I’ve ever made a flippant gag in my life. It’s something that I’ve thought about, really hard about, and come up with something to say.’

Sadowitz also criticised comedy promoters, as he defended himself against his reputation for being difficult to work with.

‘My interpretation of the word difficult, as a comedian in this business, is somebody who demands a competent and honest promoter. In London, I’ve yet to see that combination,’ he said.

Click here to read the full interview.

Published: 4 Dec 2012

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