Here’s a bit of drama for your hump day enjoyment: according to a piece by Digital Spy, Steve Coogan has decided to lay into Jeremy Clarkson, and he was not shy about his opinions on Clarkson. An audience member at a press release featuring Coogan’s show The Trip mentioned that it was starting to remind him of Top Gear.
Coogan apparently did not enjoy the comparison, stating:
I quite like Jeremy Clarkson in small doses, but I found that affected machismo thing just profoundly dull.
I know it’s appealing to some people. It’s very popular, but then Brexit’s popular and so’s Donald Trump, and they’re crap as well. I don’t know what’s going to happen to it.
Comedy’s targets should be the powerful, people who should be called to account. Comedy shouldn’t be used to bully disenfranchised and weak people.
I can see where Coogan is coming from since Jeremy is no stranger to controversial things coming out of his mouth, but calling Clarkson’s brand of humor something to “bully disenfranchised and weak people” seem to be a bit of a reach. It’s a bit less PC than many would like, but honestly the difference I’m seeing is that Clarkson’s comedy is more low brow and apparently Coogan think his own comedy is more high brow, especially with his thoughts on what comedy should be:
“Comedy is at its most powerful, rewarding and satisfying when it does what it’s supposed to do, which is satirise, and challenge the status quo.”
Well sure, I can appreciate high brow humor as much as the next guy, but you know what? Sometimes I want to laugh at penis jokes, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing against Coogan personally; I actually quite like his work, but not knowing any history between the two of them, I found his comments on Jeremy a bit odd and out of nowhere. Comedy does NOT always have to be political and does not always have make a statement. It absolutely can be about nothing but fart jokes.
Honestly, it sounded like Mr. Coogan was inadvertently compared to Clarkson (barely so) who he apparently doesn’t like, and took it personally.