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Harsh humor

Posted: October 26, 2010 3:17 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2010 5:00 a.m.

If you’re unfamiliar with comedian Daniel Tosh’s work, you’re missing out on a plethora of racist, prejudice and offensive jokes. You’re also missing out on heaps of laughter.

His viral video-clip show on Comedy Central, Tosh.0, draws more than 2 million viewers an episode. He even featured South Carolina’s own Caitlin Upton, the 2007 Miss Teen South Carolina who made us all so proud with her response on why a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a map, during his “Web Redemption” skit.

I saw Tosh on his stand-up tour Sunday night at the Koger Center in Columbia. My abs, which used to be defined before I found Chianti, are still sore from the chortling.

 “The Brett Favre conversation is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” Tosh said to a sold-out crowd of what looked to be 95 percent 20- to 30-year-olds.

Speaking as Favre, Tosh said, “You mean I get paid $12 million to throw a ball on Sundays for four months out of the year? Yeah, #$*& you, I think I’m going to keep playing.”

Continuing, Tosh said Favre would be an idiot not to keep playing in five years when he could be a decent backup and earn at least a couple million dollars per year.

“In 10 years, Favre could probably make the practice squad and still take home about $700,000,” Tosh said.

Tosh did propose, however, that we never let football players retire, in an attempt to even out the fact they get paid millions of dollars per year.

“Imagine a 70-year-old returning punts,” said Tosh. “He gets hit, and he just explodes. But he would die with honor.”

While Tosh.0 is entertaining, his stand-up routine is far more vulgar and cruel, understandable given FCC restrictions.

On Sunday, Tosh talked about a gay African-American roommate he once had in San Francisco, calling him a target for “rednecks.” He made no secret of the South’s backward reputation across the country.

“People think I hate the South. I don’t hate the South, I love the South. I just hate the people in the South,” Tosh remarked.

The comedian said he opened his show in New Orleans by saying “Screw the Saints. I’m not going to pander to your city just because Mother Nature gave you a much-needed bath.”

I suppose if you’re going to try to defend Tosh’s work, it’s that he isn’t bias -- he offends everyone.

“How does it feel to be #2, ladies,” said Tosh. “My girlfriend always tells me, ‘you never do the little stuff anymore.’ I say, ‘yeah, it’s awesome.’ I don’t do the little stuff because I do the big stuff, you think that student loan just magically disappears … tell your next boyfriend you’re welcome.

“I’m rich,” said Tosh, “… my girlfriend’s one opinion away from being replaced.”

Albeit disrespectful and crass, Tosh’s comedy is still an outlet from the struggling state of our nation. And, frankly, I’d prefer my kids look up to Tosh than a sexting grandpa like Favre.


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