The rise of Millennial consciousness has changed the way people perceive crass
humor, and comics like Lina Steinberg don’t like it.

She notes through 3 lines of coke that, “the past six or seven years have been
insufferable for comedy. Millennials are too busy trying to change
the way things are to enjoy the way things are.”

That’s why she and a coalition of controversial women comics including Sarah Silverman
are installing laugh tracks in their standup shows.

“I can’t help that fleeky Blacks don’t realize their oppression should be funny to
them,” said Steinberg, before proclaiming, “all Richard Pryor did
was laugh at his pain!” Though Chris Rock called the laugh tracks
“the comedy equivalent of ghostwriting, Steinberg says, “it’s
really revolutionary to own my truths as a white woman in a reverse
racist structure. I’m like Audre Lorde: I bees knowin’. I know what’s
funny, even if they aren’t laughing.”

Her first show using the laugh track—at Harlem’s Apollo Theater–was especially
awkward, as she wore blackface and a dreadlocked wig during her
inflammatory “Jaymeeka from da hood” routine. The theater
bellowed with  uproarious laughter—but most of the predominantly
Black crowd had left or were making the arm gesture for the theater’s
sandman to end Steinberg’s performance.

When Steinberg was asked why she decided it was a good idea to perform a minstrel show
at a Black institution, she replied, “first of all, my Brownstone
is right on 128th. Second of all, that’s the joke! I don’t
have time to lecture people on the science of comedy,” before
spending the next hour going on a shpiel about the “nature of
funny.”

Twitter erupted at Steinberg’s routine. When comedian Lil Duval posted a lengthy
“mansplaining” tweet thread about why “boujee” Black women
were upset at her, she replied, “all I heard was laughter.” Her
peers applauded her for her “brave tweet in the face of corrosive
patriarchy,” while critics wondered why she didn’t address the
comments of fellow woman comic Monique, who criticized Steinberg as
“a skinny unfunny wilderness b***h” who “needs training wheels
to feel validated.”

Comedian Amanda Shokskty—who notes that she’s “basically bi-racial” because of
“a half-Jamaican in law on her stepfather’s side”–said she
didn’t find Steinberg’s jokes “offensive,” and that “us Black
people should lighten up.” Shokskty, who asked us to mention that
she “almost had a Comedy Central special in 2003,” unprovokingly
confirmed to us three times that she “knows comedy,” and
volunteered that “her lack of career success” was due to
“timing” and “sensitive Millennials.“

Many are upset at the coalition of comics, and some are taking revenge into their own
hands. Cindy Graham was performing with a laugh track at NYU when the
university technical theater department “trolled her” in their
words. When she prefaced her routine by mentioning her mother had
died and she hadn’t been on stage in awhile while dealing with the
stress, the recorded crowd laughter erupted.

Hill became visibly upset, and threaten to “kick the ass” of whoever prematurely let
off the laughter. The crowd began laughing at Graham’s flustered
threats, and she left the stage in a rage after they wouldn’t follow
her plea to not “laugh yet.”

“It was the first time I’ve ever seen a comedian mad that we were laughing at them,”
one show attendee noted, before saying, “but now she see everything
ain’t funny.”