Smith vs Rock was no Mailer vs Vidal

During the 1960s and 70s, authors Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer were fierce rivals and often combatants. They just didn’t like each other. In one famous incident during a crowded party, Vidal was talking with a group of people and was accosted by Mailer who threw his drink in Vidal’s face, punched him, then head-buttedContinue reading “Smith vs Rock was no Mailer vs Vidal”

Forced Audience Participation and the Cheapening of Stand-Up Comedy

It’s being called the ‘slap seen around the world’. The incident is, of course, the recent fracas at the 2022 Academy Awards featuring Will Smith marching up on stage and slapping Chris Rock after the latter made a joke that offended both Smith and his wife. Not surprisingly, considering Jada Pinkett Smith, Will’s wife, wasContinue reading “Forced Audience Participation and the Cheapening of Stand-Up Comedy”