Check out the new episode of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso, where he interviews improviser and actress Lauren Lapkus; as a teaser, enjoy the following transcript of a brief portion of the episode.
Sam Fragoso: Why would that [comedy] offend people?
Lauren Lapkus: The positive thing is that most of the reaction is positive. I don’t feel like I get a lot of people being like, “That was very offensive to me.” I think they know what they’re signing up for when they listen to Comedy Bang! Bang! or whatever, especially from me. At a certain point you understand what you’re going to get. I just imagine that people might be offended because I can say some horrible stuff.
SF: Some people may take Christmas a little more seriously.
LL: Yeah, they should. They really should, I should be afraid.
SF: I’ve never been offended by that. You always hear this in comedy, that we’re too easily offended now.
SF: Chris Rock has that whole spiel about, “Ah, I can’t do college kids anymore because they get offended by everything.”
LL: Yeah, I think that’s true.
SF: Do you buy that?
LL: I think people are a lot more easily offended at this point in time. I think partly it’s because everyone has the ability to write to whoever they want online and just say their opinion, and so you’re hearing from a lot of people you probably wouldn’t hear from. So we’re getting a lot of feedback on, “That’s not appropriate.”
SF: A lot more feedback, yeah.
LL: Yeah, and that sucks. I think that’s one of the worst parts of Twitter, that anyone can just reach out to you at any point. That’s also the best part, because I like to get people’s feedback on my show if they’re like, “That was so funny, I had a great day!”
SF: You want the nice things.
LL: Of course! But who wants mean shit? I actually was watching an episode of Chelsea, Chelsea Handler’s talk show on Netflix, and she had Jane Lynch on, and the first thing Jane Lynch said when she came out was, “I just got a really mean comment on Twitter and I’m not going to be able to let it go for a few days.” This person was like, “When are they going to stop shoving Jane Lynch down our throats,” and she was like, “I feel bad. That hurts my feelings,” and I liked hearing that she felt that way because I really get offended by tweets and rude comments, but I don’t want to care.
SF: It’s impossible not to.
LL: It’s so hard to forget when someone says something rude to you. My dream would be for someone to come up to me on the street and fucking say it. The fact is, no one ever will. All these people are hiding behind their shit. If that person met you–this is true for anyone insulting any celebrity–if they saw them, they would want to take a photo with them. They’re not going to tell them they don’t like their movie, they don’t like their whatever. That’s just what it is. They’re too afraid. Everyone’s hiding behind their egg pictures. I hate it. It’s really bad.
SF: You good?
LL: Yeah. I’m sweating.
SF: Do you want water?
LL: No, I’m fine.
SF: I like that, that was angry.
LL: It actually really does piss me off, because I think it’s such a lame thing. I would never write anything mean online that I couldn’t back up in person. I don’t think I’ve ever written a mean comment online. Even with tweeting, I’m very careful not to tweet something offensive about a famous person or any person, because it’s just hurtful, because people see it. It’s just mean.
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