Kindler shines at the 2022 Just for Laughs Festival to deliver his annual address.
Photo: Courtesy of Proto and Howie Mandel
Since 1995, Andy Kindler has distorted current comedy trends and controversies in his annual State of the Industry Address at the Montreal Comedy Festival Just for Laughs. In his speech this year, delivered on July 28, he found a new way to kill by bombing, then joke about bombing: through the magic of a hologram. Rather than risk catching COVID, Kindler performed remotely from Los Angeles and was broadcast on the JFL stage using hologram technology made by a company called Proto. He had a lot to say about Grandma. “I bomb, no matter what gimmick I use,” he joked. “Yeah that’s right. I’m a hologram. Coachella got Tupac. And you get Joy Pack.” He continued, “It’s good not to be here tonight. I almost didn’t do it here. My hologram had trouble at the border. They wouldn’t give her a work permit. They kept saying, ‘We don’t think this will work.'” The Kindler’s hologram was brought up on stage Theater by Bob Odenkirk, whom Kindler referred to as “Odenkirk Kenobi”, before imploring him for longer caresses because he was “thin in material. “
As is customary every year, the title title is set for Kindler to go after some of the biggest names in comics of the year — comedies thought to be hacks, opportunists, and humiliating ones. But this year, given the state of world events, his material carried more of the sting. “I started giving this speech in 1995 because I thought comedies were dangerous – to comedy, not to humanity,” he explained. “I was mad at Leno for taking on the job Tonight Show And make it suck. That was the end of the world for me, at that point. Now, we’re actually at the end of the world, and there are many fascist comedians out there trying to make it worse! Some of the names that angered Kendler this year were Dave Chappelle, Joe Rogan, and John Mulaney, but his strongest and most enduring goal was the same: “If you enjoy today’s speech, you might want to sign up for a new MasterClass.” Self-Sabatoge: The Andy Kindler Method. Watch the full Kindler speech below:
Video provided by Proto and Howie Mandel.
Some highlights from the 30-minute speech:
On Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais: “I read that NASA is going to use the Webb Telescope to try to calculate the breadth of Dave Chappelle’s ego. … I really think Chappelle sees himself as the mean Jesus. “Andy, isn’t Jesus the devil?” No, that’s Ricky Gervais. It means that Jesus is still a messiah Comedy. He’s just mean. And if he hurts your feelings and you say something about it, he gets even more mean because it’s your fault for not understanding comedic genius… I watched his own show, and he kept saying during his one, “Things are going to get worse. Tie yourselves inside. I’m going all the way. People do not have to limit themselves. It’s not like he’s presenting the truth that people can’t handle. He calls feminists “bad dams.” This is the whole joke. Then he says: Watch out. will go wrong. he is right. your getting worse. “
On Joe Rogan: “We should shoot the homeless.” This is what Joe Rogan suggested on his show. Do you know that crazy show where he got something big on his head? Maybe he was laughing. It’s not bad enough for Rogan to take a hit – now he wants it shoot Down… As we move into mass poverty, the homeless parts are a lot more fun, right? He’s joking about shooting the homeless! [Exaggerated laughter.] I feel better in my life because I can laugh at the homeless! “Homeless plus the long COVID equals comedy gold. I’m not sure which is worse: when Rogan plays smart and gives dangerous medical advice, or when he plays the dumb: “I’m just a comedian. Why would you listen to my dangerous medical advice?'”
On John Mulaney: “At least, John Mulaney went down the conventional path with his horrible approach to success. He blew up his personal life and those around him. He didn’t try to destroy the CDC. Thank you John.
On Bill Maher: “Bill Maher, in his own show, opened up with five minutes about how many people wear masks makes him angry. Mr. Libertarian loses his squalor when he sees someone choosing to wear a mask. He’s one of the only people I’ve seen in my life trying to keep people away from religion And the Sciences.”
On Netflix: “I just hope there’s a place for me at home for aging comedians: Netflix. Actually, Netflix is changing gears. It’s very exciting. They want to cultivate a brand. They’ve come up with niche programming. They are the home of anti-transgender content. Come to Netflix for The best in other areas. Our soul is lava.”
On fascist comedians: “The Internet has changed everything. It’s great that we live in a world where you can communicate directly with your fans. The problem is that followers are corrupt, and a million followers are absolutely corrupt. The only thing comedians deal with worse than criticism is acceptance. If you can make an army of people who kiss you on anyone who criticizes you, you are now a fascist comedian. Congratulations.”
On Kevin Hart:I’m in Van Nuys and you people in a Montreal ballroom are not laughing at anything. It’s like the Kevin Hart Show.”
In Patton Oswalt: “Hope you all enjoy the festival. There are so many great shows to watch. Patton Oswalt hosts the Patton Oswalt party. I don’t know. It’s hard to imagine Patton celebrating himself. [Defensively] It is a friend. he likes me. He knows I’m bitter. He’ll tell me he’s fine…if he answers the phone.”
On Rob Schneider: “Who knew that Rob Schneider’s hot stance on a Canadian truck driver boycott would cause an international crisis? Why is Rob Schneider so angry? It’s not our fault that he’s a relentless hacker. We didn’t force Rob to get past the top of every movie he chewed on the scene in. Did We insist that he pin himself on Adam Sandler’s tail. That was his choice!”
On Ellen DeGeneres: “Eileen tried this hologram. It didn’t make it more likable. People can actually see through it.”