Joker, 'The Twilight Zone,' and Sad-Sack Standup Comedy
This episode of "Low Key" is about the dark side of comedy. We all know laughter eases pain, but we don't talk so much about the acute pain of failing to make people laugh.
The first episode of Jordan Peele's revived "The Twilight Zone," starring Kumail Nanjiani as a standup comic who will do anything to succeed, perfectly captures the agony of speaking into a mic to a crowd of people who refuse to laugh.
And the new teaser for Todd Phillips' "The Joker" drives home how depressing it is to try to be funny. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as a clown by day and comedian by night who isn't doing well in either job.
We also talk about whether "The Twilight Zone" lost something when CBS All Access doubled its half-hour, 1950s running time to an hour for Peele's revival. And whether the Joker loses some of his menacing mystery when we learn his his life story.
Also: Aaron wonders why white people keep approaching dangerous animals at the zoo.