Jennifer Aniston addresses ‘evolved’ comedy and why it’s hard to be funny

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Jennifer Aniston arrives at the premiere of “Murder Mystery 2” on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Jennifer Aniston addresses ‘evolved’ comedy and why it’s hard to be funny

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Hollywood megastar Jennifer Aniston said, “comedy has evolved,’ and it is more difficult today to be funny than it was when she started almost 30 years ago.

“Now it’s a little tricky because you have to be very careful, which makes it really hard for comedians because the beauty of comedy is that we make fun of ourselves, make fun of life,” Aniston said, according to a report citing a recent interview ahead of her upcoming film Murder Mystery 2. “[In the past] you could joke about a bigot and have a laugh — that was hysterical. And it was about educating people on how ridiculous people were. And now we’re not allowed to do that.”

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Aniston, who rose to fame with the debut of the hit show Friends in 1994, said it is difficult to reconcile that today’s youth find the show offensive.

“There’s a whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of Friends and find them offensive,” she said. “There were things that were never intentional and others … well, we should have thought it through — but I don’t think there was a sensitivity like there is now.”

“Everybody needs funny! The world needs humor! We can’t take ourselves too seriously. Especially in the United States. Everyone is far too divided.”

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In recent years, Friends has been subject to mounting criticism over its lack of diversity and its all-white primary cast, the report noted.

“Well, I feel like it was a show created by two people who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after college,” cast member Lisa Kudrow said in a 2022 interview. “And for shows especially, when it’s going to be a comedy that’s character-driven, you write what you know. They have no business writing stories about the experiences of being a person of color.”

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