David Spade, 57, dishes on how cancel culture has affected his comedy: ‘I just turned into Marlon Blando’
David Spade opened up about cancel culture on Friday, September 3, after TMZ cameras stopped the Joe Dirt star.
The comedian, 57, said that he’s concerned about how old jokes he’s told will be perceived in today’s climate.
‘I worry about my last standup set,’ the Grown Ups actor said. ‘I try to do stuff that’s a little rough around the edges.
‘That’s the whole idea, and then if someone picks it up I guess I just cross my fingers and say it’s under the guise of comedy. My whole life is. Everything I say is basically for a joke.’
Treading water: David Spade opened up about cancel culture on Friday, September 3, after TMZ cameras stopped the Joe Dirt star
‘Everything I say is basically for a joke’: The actor said he he worries about his last comedy special because he ‘tries to do stuff that’s a little rough around the edges’
When asked how he stays funny despite the cancel culture climate, Spade replied simply, ‘I’m not.’
‘I’m pulling away from the same seven jokes we’re all allowed to use,’ the Saturday Night Live alumna added. ‘I just turned into Marlon Blando. That’s what they want. They don’t want you to shake the tree, and I like guys that are still doing it and some people are just grandfathered in, and they get to do it. I’m glad there’s comics still doing it.’
Spade recently took over hosting Bachelor in Paradise after Chris Harrison had to depart because of comments he made that some people viewed as excusing historical racism.
‘Marlon Blando’: Spade said he has found it hard to be funny when using the same jokes as everyone and said he ‘turned in to Marlon Blando’
Reality tv host: Spade also took over for Chris Harrison and hosts Bachelor in Paradise. Harrison was fired after comments he made seemed to defend historical racism
The Tommy Boy star was also asked about Mike Richards, the executive producer of Jeopardy! who will stay with the show despite early reports of Sony parting ways with him after derogatory comments he made about women and Asians in a 2013-2014 podcast.
‘Well I just know that that’s the way it is. I think he took himself out of the host job trying to salvage his career. I mean, it just unraveled,’ the star said.
Spade also went on to say that comedians who make jokes will never be safe because people are always looking back at past comments they’ve made.
‘The hard part is if any good luck happens to anyone there’s a team of people digging through their life to make sure they take them down and that’s the hard part. Who’s doing that? Who has time? Who cares enough? That’s a tough life. You dig under anybody in the world, you find something,’ the Black Sheep actor said.
Not going away: Spade said comedians always have to be aware of what they are saying because people, ‘digging through their life to make sure they take them down’
Still busy professionally: On top of hosting Bachelor in Paradise, Spade will also appear in he upcoming Hotel Transylvania film
Despite trying to stay out of cancel culture’s crosshairs, the actor hasn’t slowed down his work production.
The comedian filmed an appearance for the upcoming Hotel Transylvania film. He will reprise his role of Griffin the Invisible Man from the first first three movies.
He will also have a role in an upcoming movie, currently untitled, by Diablo Cody who wrote Juno.