Many people may know Shane Gillis’ name from the 2019 Saturday Night Live controversy, when it was announced that the stand-up comedian would be joining the cast for the upcoming season, only to be removed days later after a viral article In which suspicious old podcast bits were exposed. Gillis in which he used language insensitive towards Asian-Americans while playing a character.
Shane Gillis The “cancel culture” became a quick and big name in the discussion regarding online wages to this day. Although he did not join the cast of SNL, as was initially announced, Gillis gained fans via online chat, as people demanded his stand-up and liked his work. Most recently, Gillis took the route of several emerging names in stand-up these days and released his first nearly hour-long standup special “Live in Austin” for free on his YouTube channel.
Putting 2019 controversy aside, Shane Gillis Live in Austin There’s a straightforward, honest and witty standup from an attentive cynicism and natural humour, with superb conversational delivery and the likes of old school friend.
Shane is playing a dumb version of himself from rural Central Pennsylvania, where people are dry, sad, honest, stuck in the past, largely close, and not without their textbook familial issues. He sees the world as a man out there – and long apart – who is trying to do better; Trendy has a well-meaning dude now politically obsessed, who can’t help but make fun of everything he considered ridiculous back in ’90s Pennsylvania—or even now if you Reality-aware and blunt enough to point out that Gillis is in schoolyard cut-up fashion, which is outrageous.
I’m right there with Shane, being a millennial from rural PA who moved on to city life and hobbies/careers that involve dissecting every social trend and aspect of an emerging culture, while still keeping it partly Looking through a purer, more fun lens. We were in a different time and place. It’s dark and crazy, but what’s dark and crazy is also hysterical – if you allow yourself to honestly discuss it, of course, find more humor. Shane does it casually and with an unshakeable smile, tearing down his father’s entry-level right-wing politics and obsession with Fox News, his progressive friends, and even his recovering addict sister. What should be brutal isn’t, as it’s being shared in a lighter frame with big jokes, delivered by a big sane doofy who doesn’t present himself as anything else.
Shane began standup in Harrisburg before moving to Philly. In 2016 he won the Helium Comedy Club’s “Phillies Funniest Comedian” contest, and moved to Brooklyn shortly after. That same year he started “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast” with fellow comic Matt McCusker, a Shoot the Breeze sorta comedy podcast, filled with weird and crude riffs, that today is going stronger than ever. After garnering an honored spot in the NY standup scene, becoming a favorite guest on comedy podcasts, and appearing at several big-name festivals, Gillis had the opportunity of a lifetime in 2019 when People arrived on Saturday Night Live. In early September, SNL announced several new cast members for the upcoming season, including Gillis, who was largely unknown to the public then. Within hours he became a trending name in pop culture, following an excerpt from a “Comedy Journalist,” in which the writer uncovers an old podcast bit from “Matt & Shane’s Secret Podcast,” where Gillis plays a Hick racist. impersonating and using hateful language. and racist abuses.
A Twitter rant and thought piece seemed to storm, with every media outlet putting something on Shane’s previous podcast bit controversy over the cast announcement. According to Shane, Lorne Michaels gave him the opportunity to sincerely apologize to the public and remain on the show, but Shane instead opted to issue a half-hearted apology via Instagram, in which he did stuff to find the joke. Defended the comic process of trying. . he was eventually fired from saturday night live, which, at worst, would have had huge performances, a decent steady paycheck, and had a name attached to one of the greatest comedy institutions the world has ever seen.
However, comics and new fans rallied for Shane, and while he didn’t appear on NBC Weekly, his podcast fanbase has grown enormously, his stand-up dates have stagnated, and hey — he made this very cool hour. There’s a free special on YouTube, in which my partner and I got engaged and laughed for a period of 48 minutes.
I can’t watch stand-up clips longer than 6 minutes these days, but Shane hits heavy subject after heavy topic with the sole intention of being a fun non-joke and joke, so I was blown away in joy. “Live in Austin” begins with a crowd laughing at Shane as he jokes: “I was thinking about the day Congress was supposed to come up with the age of consent. Powder wigs and stuff like that. . It was a tough day. Guys.” He follows up with a couple and then mumbles, “Just talkin’ sh*t.”
Shane will make us believe he’s “just talking,” which is why we feel invited to laugh as he jokes about his sister’s heroin interference with the Joker, his father’s alcoholism, and uninhibited politics. does, and raves openly about the Special Olympics, where Gillis volunteered to serve as a basketball coach.
No small, meaningless issue is being resolved. In fact, much of the material appears grim on the surface – frustrating family problems and taboo cultural points. But Gillis has made room for speaking lightly on these matters only through his own experience, and has never allowed himself to be too serious or too proud. He’s not taking a stance, he’s a clever nerd commenting “hey that’s really funny,” then finding funny.
In today’s weird comedy landscape, a man joking about dark subjects that is clearly from his experience sounds “old school,” but that label carries with it implications of other labels—the toxic, straight white man, Dumb blanket words based on harsh notions like racism, etc. Gillis is undeniably a straight white fella. He is also a pure humour. He scoffs at bad situations within the family, others shy away from speaking up. He talks openly and without shame about personal matters with his father. He laughs at every end of the political spectrum. He even tackles racism in a hilarious and agreeable way, saying:
“Racism isn’t a matter of yes or no. It’s like starvation. Like yes, you’re not a racist… right now.”
Gillis is honest about herself and others for who she is, and apparently comes out in front of an audience about the flaws of others and society. He stands, speaks and leads the crowd through his set with an overconfidence, and he’s funny enough to do that job.
Shane has enough awareness to even joke about his jokes. He declared that Fox News dad is “just trying to get a fact,” and goes too far about watching his dad’s hours-long news without being able to take Republican talking points. As the bit continues to no end, Gillis notes, “Okay, I’ll move on to something else.”
Interestingly, he stays away from the SNL discussion and avoids railing against “cancel culture”, which certainly would have been easier to do. Following his “cancellation” from Saturday Night Live, Gillis became one of the big faces of the movement. The idea A rant against the police, or the powers, or whatever force people consider against free speech, was almost expected from Shane. It’s refreshing that he goes out and pokes fun at family, politics and taboos instead. There are enough internet personalities and wannabe comedians railing against cancellation culture. Gillis is a skilled comedian who doesn’t need to delve into hot button issues. He’s on stage clowns, lighting up, and serving up super weird crap about things we shouldn’t be laughing at.
In “Shane Gillis Live in Austin,” that’s what he’s in for and that’s what he’s doing. If stand-up is your bag, especially plain old deeply fun stuff, check out Shane’s special here.
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