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Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Rock and Gervais Discuss the N-Word on 'Talking Funny' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 24th 2011 11:19PM
Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock & Louis C.K., 'Talking Funny'While on the surface, 'Talking Funny' (Fri., 9PM ET on HBO) may seem similar to what was happening on 'Green Room with Paul Provenza,' but this special seemed to be even more raw and honest. Perhaps it was the absence of the audience, or the level of the comedians on the show -- Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. There was just something fascinating about this discussion.

These are masters at their craft, and as revealed throughout the hour, they're also very different in what they do and even why they do it. No stone was left unturned in dissecting how they approach their comedy, nor was any topic off-limits. They even got into a lengthy debate about the N-word.

Louis C.K. and Chris Rock use it in their material, while Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais do not. Seinfeld, in fact, says he's never said the word. As the only "clean" comic in the room, it made sense. During the course of the discussion, he may have dropped one curse word, and even that seemed weird coming out of his mouth.

We were absolutely mesmerized by this discussion, and can only hope it's the first of many in a series of 'Talking Funny' specials, or just make it a regular series. What did you think?

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Watch 2002's 'Comedian' and you'll hear Jerry slinging the expletives around a lot more. That's another fascinating insight into how and why comedians do what they do. Jerry works clean and it a well-considered choice, but he is no stranger to cussin'.

April 26 2011 at 3:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like the concept of free for all discussions.

April 25 2011 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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