Andy Kindler 2022 JFL Hologram State of the Industry Speech

Kindler beaming at the 2022 Just for Laughs festival to deliver his annual speech.
Photo: Courtesy of Proto and Howie Mandel

Since 1995, Andy Kindler has brushed aside current comedy trends and controversies in his annual state of the industry address at Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival. In this year’s speech, delivered on July 28, he found a new way to kill by bombing, then joking about bombing: through hologram magic. Rather than risk catching COVID, Kindler performed remotely from Los Angeles and was teleported to the JFL stage using hologram technology made by a company called Proto. He had a lot to say about novelty. “I bomb no matter what gadget I use,” he joked. “Yeah that’s right. I’m a hologram. Coachella got Tupac. And you get Jew-Pac. He continued, ‘It’s good not to be here tonight. I almost didn’t get here. My hologram got in trouble at the border. They wouldn’t give him a work permit. They kept saying, ‘We don’t think this will work’. Kindler’s hologram was introduced on stage by Bob Odenkirk, whom Kindler referred to as “Odenkirk Kenobi”, before begging him to joke longer because he was “thin on the hardware”.

As is customary every year, the bulk of the address was dedicated to Kindler pursuing some of the biggest names in comedy of the year – comics he considers hacks, opportunists and offensive. But this year, given the state of world events, his material carried a little more bite. “I started doing this speech in 1995 because I thought hack comedy was dangerous — for comedy, not for humanity,” he explained. “I was mad at Leno for taking over The show tonight and make him suck. It was the end of the world for me at that time. Now we’re actually at the end of the world, and there are a lot of fascist comedians trying to make it worse!” Some of the names that angered Kindler this year were Dave Chappelle, Joe Rogan and John Mulaney , but his strongest and most persistent target was himself: “If you’re enjoying today’s talk, maybe you’d like to sign up for my new Master Class, Self-sabatoge: the Andy Kindler method.” Watch Kindler’s full speech below:

Video courtesy of Proto and Howie Mandel.

Some highlights of the 30-minute speech:

On Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais: “I read that NASA will be using the Webb telescope to try to calculate the vastness of Dave Chappelle’s ego. … I really think Chappelle sees himself as evil Jesus. “Andy, isn’t that saying that Is Jesus the devil?” No, it’s Ricky Gervais. Mean Jesus is still the comedy messiah. He’s just mean. And if he hurts you and you say something about it, he gets meaner because that it’s your fault for not understanding the genius of comedy… I watched his special, and he keeps saying during his special, “It’s going to get worse.” “I’ll go all the way. People don’t have to get attached. It’s not like he’s delivering a truth that people can’t handle. He calls feminists ‘frumpy dykes.’ That’s the whole joke. And then he says, ‘Careful. It’s going to get worse. He’s right. The stage is getting worse.’

On Joe Rogan: “’We should shoot the homeless.’ This is what Joe Rogan suggested on his show. You know that crazy show where he has a big thing on his head? Maybe he was sarcastic. It’s not bad enough that Rogan hits – now he wants pull down… As we slide into mass poverty, homelessness is even more hilarious, isn’t it? “He’s joking about shooting the homeless!” [Exaggerated laughter.] I feel better about my life because I can laugh at homeless people! Homelessness and the Long COVID equals comedy gold. I don’t know which is worse: when Rogan plays smart and gives dangerous medical advice, or when he plays dumb: “I’m just a comedian.” Why are you listening to my dangerous medical advice? »

On John Mulaney: “At least John Mulaney has gone the traditional route with his awful handling of success. He just blew up his own personal life and that of those around him. He didn’t try to destroy the Center for Disease Control. Thanks, John. You graciously renounced… his marriage, that’s what I’m saying.

On Bill Maher: “Bill Maher, in his special, started with five minutes about how crazy people wearing masks are driving him. Mr. Libertarian loses his shit when he sees someone choosing to wear a mask. He’s one of the only people I’ve ever seen who tries to talk people out of religion and Science.”

On Netflix: “I just hope there’s room for me in the house of aging comedians: Netflix. In fact, Netflix is ​​changing gears. It’s very exciting. They want to cultivate a brand. They’ve created a lineup of niche. They’re the home of anti-trans content.” Come to Netflix for the best in otherness. Our soul is lava.'”

On fascist comedians: “The Internet has changed everything. It’s great that we live in a world where you can connect directly with your fans. The problem is that subscribers corrupt, and a million subscribers absolutely corrupt. The only thing comedians handle worse than criticism is acceptance. If you can criticize the army of people who accept you over anyone who criticizes you, you are now a fascist comedian. Congratulations.”

On Kevin Hart: “I’m in Van Nuys, and you’re in a Montreal ballroom laughing for nothing. It’s like a Kevin Hart show.

On Patton Oswalt: “I hope you are all enjoying the festival. There are so many great shows to see. Patton Oswalt hosts the Patton Oswalt Gala. I do not know. It’s hard to imagine Patton celebrating himself. [Defensively] He’s a friend. He loves me. He knows I’m bitter. He’ll tell me everything was fine… if he answers the phone.

On Rob Schneider: “Who knew that Rob Schneider’s Hot Take on the boycott of Canadian truckers would cause an international crisis? Why is Rob Schneider so angry? It’s not our fault he’s a relentless hack. We didn’t force Rob to go over every movie he chewed up the setting in. We didn’t insist that it tie into Adam Sandler’s ponytails. It was his choice!”

On Ellen DeGeneres: “Ellen tried this hologram shtick. It didn’t make her any nicer. People could already see through her.

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