Jay Mohr is actually pretty sincere when it comes to helpign out struggling young comics.
I was at the Improv in Irvine, CA, for a Mohr show a few years back. One of the no-names opening for him was a huge guy named Ralphie (Jay Mohr fans know him very well now). He was funny in a very honest, in-your-face way, and I liked him. Part of his set dealt with coming out to LA, not being beautiful and perfect, and not finding much work. He admitted that he was going back home in a few weeks if he didn’t score something. After his set, another comic came out before Mohr’s set.
Apparently, Jay Mohr was listening. He came out, did his set, and destroyed, as usual. Then Ralphie took the stage again, damn near in tears, and told everybody that Jay had offered him a job opeining for him on the remainder of his tour.
I know Ralphie was a co-producer on one of Mohr’s shows, and I think they still tour together.
Anyway, I fail to see how that show “flies in the face” of everything that comedy stands for. Probably most comics hit a first big score because “somebody” saw them and gave them a shot. And don’t think for a second that a struggling comic wouldn’t sell a competitor into white slavery to get a gig, because plenty of them would.