‘They don’t want you to shake the tree’: David Spade reveals wokeness won’t let him be funny anymore

Actor and comedian David Spade admitted this week that cancel culture forces him to rein his jokes in.

The Saturday Night Live alum, (from the 1990s when it was funny), spoke to TMZ on Friday and shared his concerns about the movement that has canceled everything from apple pie to showers.

He explained in the seemingly impromptu interview that he worries about his most recent material just as much as his jokes from the past.

“I worry about my last standup set!” Spade explained. “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.”

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The 57-year-old comedian was asked how he is able to stay funny in such hostile times. He shot back, “I’m not.”

“I’m pulling from the same seven jokes we’re all allowed to use. I just turned into Marlon Blando,” he joked. “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 also shared his opinion on the recently canceled former executive producer of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” Mike Richards who left his post amid comments about a 2013-14 podcast where he made derogatory comments about Jews, women, and Asians.

“Well, I just know that that’s the way it is,” Spade said. “I think he took himself out of the host job trying to salvage his career. I mean, it just unraveled.”

Spade, who recently guest-hosted “Bachelor In Paradise,” explained that cancel culture may be here to stay.

“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,” he said.

It seems that Spade’s lightweight approach to cancel culture might actually be what gets him canceled. Social media exploded with reactions that show many people still want the more edgy comedy of the past.

Spade also addressed cancel culture in an interview with Variety last month. He discussed his recent stint on “Bachelor in Paradise” noting that he was given liberty to go so far as to even mock the show.

“Do you care if I’m, like, saying things like I do and just poking fun?” he said as he recalled a conversation where he was asked to host a few episodes.

“No, that’s what we need. We need to change it. Just get something in there. Keep it fun again, get people talking again,” producer Mike Fleiss responded.

The “Grown Ups” star was asked about the new age of cancel culture compared to his past where he was given more freedom to be funny.

“It’s very dicey. It’s very tricky,” Spade said. “You used to have to say anything to go as far as you could, to push the envelope, to get attention, and people would be like, ‘I like this guy. He’s pushing it.’ And in comedy clubs, audiences really appreciate that.”

“Now you say the one wrong move and you’re canceled,” he added. “It’s a very tough world out there.”

Ashley Hill

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