Two Germans, an Arab and a black guy walk into a comedy venue. A Jewish comedian, Lewis Schaffer, welcomes them and invites the Germans to the first row; they happily oblige. The comedian proceeds to fire off some insults (‘I forgive you for the Holocaust 9/11’ etc.) in a whinny
If this were a joke it would now make you laugh, the ending may have been funny or it may have had a punch line. It doesn’t. Instead Lewis Schaffer spends the best part of an hour spouting forth a froth of tired clichés, political ‘observations’ and comments on different cultures.
To many the idea of an opinionated New York Jew may sound like the very essence of what stand up is. Yet his jokes fizzle out in an embarrassed silence rather than roars of laughter. Schaffer, despite his cocky posturing, desperately clings to a wavering audience, pleading his insults as jokes. But hang on: jokes should make people laugh shouldn’t they?
Schaffer is thus no comedian, just a ranting, unrehearsed middle aged man, shocking (and then boring) more than anything else. His ‘routine’ is not worth an hour of anyone’s time, and certainly not ten pounds of there money. This is guff: avoid.