Daniel Tosh, comedian, actor, writer, executive producer, “Tosh.0” host and all-around funny guy, is paying a visit to Alaska in March. Tosh brings with him a comedy that is both self-deprecating and offensive.
Tosh began his career after graduating from college. In just a few short years he was landing gigs on shows such as the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” It wasn’t long before Comedy Central took notice and was airing his stand-up.
Tosh has his own brand of comedy many would think has gone too far with his racist, homophobic and sexist remarks. Tosh said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “I’m not a misogynistic and racist person, but I do find those jokes funny, so I say them.”
Tosh has taken a lot of flak for his commentary on his show and in his stand-up nonetheless.
One such incident occurred after a show at the Laugh Factory in L.A. in 2012 where a woman in the audience said, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny.”
The reason for her comment was after Tosh said, “All rape jokes are funny.”
Tosh defended the statement as a George Carlin-type argument that all topics can be funny.
“The point I was making before I was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them. #deadbabies,” Tosh said on a Twitter post.
According to the woman’s blog Tosh responded to her comment about rape jokes not being funny with, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by, like, five guys right now?”
However, Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada said that’s not how Tosh responded. Masada says Tosh responded with something along the lines of, “Well, it sounds like she’s been raped by five guys.”
Tosh posted an apology on Twitter and said, “All the out-of-context misquotes aside, I’d like to sincerely apologize.”
Despite the controversy, many still enjoy Daniel Tosh’s comedy.
“He’s hilarious,” said business management major Zach Sterling. “Most of his stuff is rated R.”
Tosh’s comedy tries to shock and offend the audience as many comedians do. But Tosh takes it the extra mile in what Entertainment Weekly describes as “envelope-pushing.”
“(Tosh is) crude at time but still funny. Especially his show — he says some crazy stuff — but it’s what some people were thinking, and we all know he’s joking,” said accounting major Cole Younger, who describes Tosh’s humor as “perfect for our generation.”
Tosh breaks the boundaries of comedy by telling stories that leave the audience questioning who he is in real life.
He says some of the most offensive things anyone has heard in the most playful and unserious manner possible, despite one of his stand-up’s titles being “Completely Serious.”
“I was watching the Country Music Channel the other day and I fell asleep and I woke up racist. I was like, ‘Oh, that explains the holes in my linens,’” Tosh said in “Completely Serious.” This joke is just one of the many he has made in his stand-up comedy shows.
Tosh also has a somewhat socially awkward demeanor in his stand-up that most can relate to. He has a complete lack of filter that makes for all the more hilarity. His social awkwardness on stage makes Tosh so genuine and honestly adorable to watch, even as he’s spewing obscene things. It really adds to the audience’s surprise in reaction to what Tosh has to say.
Whether you love him or hate him, Tosh is on his way to Alaska.
Daniel Tosh will appear at at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. March 8 the at Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are sold out.