There are many comics that have made it out there, and some of their material has either been laced with hack jokes, and even completely hack. What do you think? Is it OK or not OK? Is it about being a great, original comic, or is it just about putting asses in the seat?
I definitely agree with you both. I just hate when you see a comic doing a joke that you know has been done, and not only is the audience laughing out of control, but the comic really think he did something. Its crazy! Now, I know that there are what you might call hack premises, but to me that's a little different. There are some things that are hack-hack, like "White people do this, and Black people do this," but there is also Katrina, Viagra (4 hour erection) etc. I think this version of hack is a little tricky, because as a comic, you can still be clever and put your own spin on it; however, there are some comics who deem this extremely hack as well.
It depends I believe. I mean if you can add something new to a particular topic and its funny, then getcha hack on. It will also depend on your audience as well. Sometimes you gotta tell your own jokes based on hack material (rap music, sleeping around, gettin shot, Lil Wayne...idk bout Lil Wayne) just to get a reaction out the crowd.
One of the worst things about hack material is that it casts doubt on your own originality. I saw this comedian doing what I thought was an amazing set, then he did a joke that I had heard before, and I doubted everything he had done to that point. And guess what, a real booker/promoter will cut you to shreds!
well theres hacking and then theres HACKING i mean i hear chumps whining 'that sarah palin is a bimbo joke was mine and that bitch took it!' and its like not only great minds think alike dumbass minds think alike too - now if you go marching out with the same set, follow and callback of some other peer and its even in his style? then its clearly time to get your ass kicked
but heres the thing - when youre in the moment - say a radio interview and some subject comes out you aint ready for - i mean 'a drowning man will grab the edge of a sword' and thereve been times when they throw something at me and im quoting my own freaking mother just to fill the space
I'm having trouble with the hack premises and pandering to a specific crowd. There are some jokes that fit with a certain crowd; if your in Tuscaloosa Alabama, you do a joke about the Auburn Football team. You know the laugh will be there, is it hack or are you pleasing the audience?
Black comics in a mostly white club will do jokes about the white people and vice versa for whit comics in a black club. It's a sure laugh. But are comics like Ralphie May hacky, when they take on the persona of their crowd? Does a black comic become hack when he does the "white voice" for the hundredth time?
Sometimes, when I write what I consider an original bit and it gets laughs, I still worry about it being regarded as hack, simply because of the crowd it is intended for. Does pandering equate hack?