From Laughs to Cries

Modern Comedians Stepping into Dark Territory

We have all been guilty of having a narrow perspective of comedians in the past, many people still do. The idea that these people wake up funny, spend their day laughing off the woes of modern life and then spend all night retelling these events to a crowd, all the while without dropping a smile from their face. In fact, if given the chance many of us would pick a comedian if we had to be stuck in the room with someone famous. This is clearly not the reality; comedians are people like the rest of us and contrary to popular opinion many aren’t that gleeful day to day.

Take Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, responsible for one of the greatest sitcoms ever (Seinfeld) and yet they are both widely known to be grumpy old men. Similarly, it isn’t uncommon for comedians to go through bouts of depression or even commit suicide like the late great Robin Williams. Then there are comedians who take this dark side and use it in their work. Shows like It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and stand ups such as Anthony Jesselnik and Frankie Boyle purposefully parade the darkness of the world as something to laugh at, though not everyone gets it. This unique talent for harbouring something dark and turning it into its opposite is a talent that we have seen more of recently, this time however in reverse. Today a rise of people previously from the comedy circuit are now dabbling in much more grim material with funny folk now successfully taking on horror titles, this not only smashes our preconception of comedians but also shows the unique minds of these artists.

Danny McBride

Known for his hilarious roles in Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express and Vice Principals this aggressive funny man has been making people laugh for over a decade. Recently however he became instrumental in bringing back one of the most infamous horror villains of all time Michael Myers. Though there have been a handful of Halloween movies since John Carpenter left the franchise behind, this latest sequel in the series was co-written by Mcbride and was a success at the box office.

Jordan Peele

One half of thee hilarious sketch comedy duo Key and Peele, this man of comedy married to comedienne Chelsea Peretti is now well known for his cinematic thrillers. After his directional debut Get Out stormed the big screen and received nothing but praise, he released Us earlier this year in another attempt to scare people instead of making them laugh. Now also behind the remake of the famed weird tales’ series The Twilight Zone, Peele is sure to make a name for himself away from comedy too.

Jordan Peele

Seth Rogen

From his child acting gig in the cult series Freaks And Geeks, Seth Rogen has become a regular face in comedy since the early 2000s. From Knocked Up to Zach and Miri Make A Porno and This Is the End amongst a stellar comedy cast, Rogen and comedy seem inseparable. Nowadays he is the writer behind the series adaptation of dark comic Preacher and the creator of upcoming hyper violent vigilante show The Boys. Both of these shows showcase a much grittier and more gory side to Rogen that 40 Year Old Virgin fans would not expect.

Seth Rogen