There’s a phrase magazine editors use when we’re trying to convince our colleagues that someone deserves a story about them: that that person is “having a moment.” When applied to an individual, it is both a recognition and a gift, affirming the artist’s contribution to the culture.
But when this phrase is applied to a group of people, a group defined by some intrinsic part of their identity, that compliment disappears – indicating that the individuals in it are being recognized not for their individual achievements but as part of some larger trend. And all trends, no matter how brilliant they are, will fade.
In T Spring Men’s Fashion Magazine, Mark Harris considers a group of individuals whose common identity is inseparable from their distinct achievements and also its randomness. Gay humor written by gay comics, in a coded or straight-forward manner, has long been one of the key elements of American humor – that’s nothing new. What To be just homed this microgenesis of gay comics, mostly male that Harris interviewed (the imaginative one, Cole Escola being extraordinary), all between the ages of 27 and 35, was a zero-sum attitude, for us, for us of the members. This group of performers, Harris writes, is “at the same time political and boisterous, fun and subversive, costumed and confessional, clear and orthodox. In an age where sexual identities are proudly tainted, every type of gay comedian becomes every kind of gay comedian, sometimes in just a five-minute scene.” What’s new is also a change of perspective: These comics aren’t the subject of jokes anymore – they’re writing jokes, but they’re also telling. Our laughter is now under their control.
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But the journeys of these comics are also remarkable for another reason: Our paths to consciousness are as varied as the humans themselves. Some of them have followed the traditional path of independence; others started on YouTube and Twitter, or in podcasts or TV show writers’ rooms. Their arrival – both how they got here and what they have to say now that they’ve caught our attention – is a reminder that old systems are changing. The people who used to have to choose who to go through the door are no longer the only ones in charge. Those who have to choose what’s funny are no longer the only ones in charge. So who gets to laugh last? We all do.
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