Three comedians assert that free expression will triumph over censorship as Dave Chappelle battles the cancel culture.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Three comedians asserted separately that freedom of speech would triumph over the outspoken but small number of anti-comedy culture warriors.

According to Tyler Fischer, a stand-up comedian from New York, “comedians just need to stop buying into all the hype and they need to just start telling jokes how they want.” If you don’t step over the border, your artistic development will never progress.

In recent years, comedians like Dave Chappelle have become prominent targets of the cancel culture. Most recently, Minneapolis’ First Avenue postponed Dave Chappelle’s sold-out performance hours before it was scheduled to begin after receiving complaints from the locals and employees about the famous comedian’s comments against the transgender population.

Josh Denny, a comedian from Los Angeles, told Fox News that “too frequently, too much credit is given to the way people interpret what you’re saying or what you’re doing as a comedian rather than what your genuine goals are.”

Netflix bosses braced for an employee walkout and rally in Los Angeles as anger swelled over a new Dave Chappelle comedy special that activists say is harmful to the transgender community. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

As resentment over a recent Dave Chappelle comedy special that activists claim is damaging to the transgender community grew, Netflix executives prepared for a staff walkout and rally in Los Angeles. (Image courtesy of AFP/Frederic J. Brown) (Image credit: AFP/FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images) )

“What’s worrisome is when places like First Avenue give in to the rabble,” Denny continued. “That effectively informs all those transgender people that what Dave Chappelle is saying about them is false, which is not at all the truth,” one transgender person said.

The comedians told Fox News that they thought the Americans who wanted to censor comedians were a small but disproportionately vocal minority.

By granting them superpowers, we’ve simply enraged the extremely small proportion of individuals who are sensitive, according to Fischer. “I don’t believe America has become overly sensitive,”

Similar to what Denny said “I believe that a very, highly organized, outspoken minority of people want to restrict comedy or ban comedians who are being daring, taking chances, or pushing the boundaries. There is definitely a clamor among audiences who claim they no longer enjoy politically correct humor, and I believe this trend is growing.”

In an interview with Fox News, stand-up comedian Chrissie Mayr said that censoring comedians is “the most selfish thing you can do.”

“Oh, I don’t like this comedian, it’s like In addition to not wanting to see them, I also want to ensure that no one else can “She spoke.

Josh Denny, a Los Angeles comedian, says America wants freedom of speech over censorship. (Fox News Digital)

Comedian Josh Denny from Los Angeles claims that censorship is not what Americans want from their government. (Fox News Online)

However, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff has shown how throughout history, comedians have changed their gags to reflect altering social mores.

Nesteroff said in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that “the struggle between censorship and free speech has always been a component of comedy.” It will probably continue.

He gave instances of comedians from the 20th century who were arrested or expelled for their jokes.
However, Fischer claimed that contemporary cancel society for nearly a decade limited his own humour out of fear.
I’ve been afraid to venture outside of the so-called “awake bubble,” he admitted.

In a February New York Times/Siena College poll survey, more than 80% of adults indicated they thought it was a serious issue that some Americans wouldn’t exercise their right to free speech out of concern for retaliation or harsh criticism. According to a Morning Consult poll conducted in April, around one-third of adults identified as couldn’t speak freely on social media .

Tyler Fischer, a New York comedian, says he was "terrified" to step out of "woke bubble" in his comedy. (Fox News Digital)

Tyler Fischer, a New York comedian, says he was “terrified” to step out of “woke bubble” in his comedy. (Fox News Digital)

Fischer also told Fox News he saw a shift once he began making of President Biden’s age and low energy.

“I’d make fun of Donald Trump for four years,” he said while impersonating the former president. “Then, I made fun of Biden, and they’re like, oh, you’re far-right.”

“I make fun of who is in power,” Fischer continued. “The left has gone so far that now anything sort of nuanced, in the middle, non-censored is considered far-right.”

The Media Research center identified more than 600 instances of social media users facing bans , restrictions or deleted content over posts criticizing Biden between March 2020 and March 2022. The Morning Consult poll found that half of Republicans didn’t feel they could speak freely on social media compared to less than 20% of Democrats.

“We have almost this religious crusade now with the political sides over who is right and who is wrong,” Denny, who has performed stand-up for 17 years, told Fox News.

Chrissie Mayr, a New York comedian, says making fun of everyone is "true equality." (Fox News Digital)

Chrissie Mayr, a New York comedian, says making fun of everyone is “true equality.” (Fox News Digital)

“Everyone has some line, some sacred cow, that they believe is not okay to make fun of,” Denny continued. “And that could be their politics, it could be their religious beliefs, could be any of those things.”

Denny, Fischer and Mayr argued that protecting some groups can actually lead to more exclusion in comedy.

“True equality through comedy is everyone gets made fun of,” Mayr told Fox News.

Fischer said: “You can’t protect a certain group of people. They’ll actually end up feeling excluded and isolated.”

Dave Chappelle's Minneapolis show was canceled at the last minute following community backlash for comments he made in the Netflix show, andquot;The Closer.andquot;

Following protests from the Minneapolis audience about remarks he made in the Netflix series “The Closer,” Dave Chappelle’s performance there was abruptly canceled. (Netflix/Mathieu Bitton)

Chappelle has received criticism for his jokes on the transgender community on numerous occasions. The personnel at the tech firm protested his Netflix special “The Closer,” but CEO Ted Sarandos stood by his choice to give Chappelle a platform.

According to Fischer, comedy “is like the most inclusive thing.” “You can’t gradually begin to take out joke-worthy subjects and individuals.”

The type of content I provide will determine whether I gain fans or not, but Denny declared: “I’d rather take the tortoise race to the finish of making the kind of fans I want than merely doing what’s simple to placate others.”

Fox News Digital Originals assistant producer and writer Megan Myers. Tweet about her at @meglmyers.