Johnny Carson was greater than the undisputed king of late-night TV.
He was a kingmaker when it got here to younger, unknown comedians.
A five-minute spot on Carson’s “Tonight Show” might launched thousands and thousands to a stand-up performer. The final word signal of Hollywood acceptance? Carson summoned the comedian to his sofa for a chat.
Rolling Stone says Carson helped launch the careers of Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Garry Shandling and extra. All of them had the expertise, after all, however expertise alone isn’t sufficient to make it massive.
You want a platform, a springboard to fame.
Late-night tv not gives that form of rocket gasoline to rising comics, and that was earlier than the writers’ strike shuttered down any present not named “Gutfeld!” The exhibits garner a lot smaller audiences now, and the hosts lack the gravitas to anoint the subsequent Jerry Seinfeld or Eddie Murphy.
Now, comedians hunt down different platforms to lift their profiles and promote their stand-up specials. Few provide the visibility and clout provided by “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
The Spotify showcase invitations each the perfect and brightest comics together with stand-ups simply getting popular culture traction.
The latter describes Luis. J. Gomez, a key cog within the various comedy scene. Gomez, co-host of the “Legion of Skanks” podcast, has flirted with the mainstream through appearances on “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central’s “Roast Battles” and TruTV’s “Comedy Knockout.”
His model of unexpurgated comedy is an ungainly match for mainstream laughs. He’s a strolling, speaking assault on the woke thoughts set. That “no rules” model of comedy clicked in the course of the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s. At this time?
It may possibly get a performer canceled right this moment. Meaning he wants contemporary methods to share his jokes.
That features his GaS Digital Podcast Community, a free speech pleasant platform. He additionally shared his latest stand-up particular, “30 Minutes with Luis J. Gomez,” on YouTube.
That’s the place Rogan is available in. Rogan invited Gomez on his present to coincide with the particular’s launch.
Even when late-night TV had been totally operational, no host would convey Gomez to their couches. Improper jokes. Improper perspective.
Rogan had no drawback inviting Gomez on his present.
The Spotify famous person routinely invitations comedians on his program, from established expertise like Louis C.Ok. to rising expertise equivalent to Sam Morril.
The latter now instructions greater phases, together with a number of current exhibits at Denver’s Paramount Theater.
Rogan additionally invitations “canceled” comics like Shane Gillis on his program, boosting their profiles within the course of. Gillis simply snagged a Netflix stand-up particular 4 years after “Saturday Night Live” employed, and fired him for ugly jokes about Asian-People.
Gomez celebrated the “Rogan Effect” on X, previously often known as Twitter.
100k views in simply 3 days!!! That you just for watching and sharing #30minuteswithluisjgomez!
In case you haven’t seen it but give it a watch! https://t.co/CN7Suz4dEE pic.twitter.com/QXUSkrBGXr
— Luis J. Gomez (@luisjgomez) September 8, 2023
Comedians are a pure match for “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Rogan not solely is a fellow stand-up comedian, however he lately opened the Comedy Mothership in Austin, Texas. It’s a part of a cultural revolution the Texas metropolis, a spot the place free speech runs wild.
He is probably not the brand new Carson, however he’s the closest factor the tradition has to a comedic tastemaker.