Ok I finally listened to comedy from the 1970’s, a Mort Sahl routine. I have to say I didn’t find it funny at all.
I also heard a lily tomlin, and a Freddy Prinze. Not, not.
The only older comedy I liked was Don Rickles’ ‘You Dummy’, which I consider a classic. Rickles still performs occasionally (or makes appearances).
Is this me? Another example of ‘the sass’ not appreciating classics? I know Mort Sahl is considered a big source of today’s stand up. But I didn’t find anything funny at all. Sahl’s “Billy Graham” routine I did not find funny. And I know who Billy Graham is.
But Rickles’ ‘you dummy’ dates from the late 1960s and contained references to TV shows and movies I never heard of before, but his routine is still classic. So could it actually be the dated nature of some of the humor? Why is rickles’ still funny then?
And observational humor, like Stephen Wright’s jokes, do not age much.
So was standup in the 70’s fundamentally different than today? The jokes seem much nicer, more like a conversation with a barely funny guy with little content but comfortable delivery.
So is this me? or do most agree?