‘Seinfeld’ Actor John O’Hurley Rips Woke Culture For Ruining Comedy
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: John O'Hurley and Lisa Mesloh are seen on March 14, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
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Actor John O’Hurley, who is known for playing J. Peterman on NBC’s “Seinfeld,” slammed woke culture in an interview this week after the show’s star, Jerry Seinfeld, recently railed against the political Left for ruining television comedy.

Seinfeld told The New Yorker this week that people used to be able to turn on television and find a wide range of good comedy shows every night.

“Well, guess what — where is it? This is the result of the extreme left and P.C. crap, and people worrying so much about offending other people,” Seinfeld said. “Now they’re going to see stand up comics because we are not policed by anyone. The audience polices us. We know when we’re off track. We know instantly and we adjust to it instantly.”

“But when you write a script and it goes into four or five different hands, committees, groups — ‘Here’s our thought about this joke,'” he added. “Well, that’s the end of your comedy.”

O’Hurley responded to Seinfeld’s remarks during a Fox News interview this week where he recounted numerous jokes they made on the show.

He said that leftists have caused the country to lose “our ability to be silly.”

“That’s a sad thing when you think about it,” he added.


O’Hurley said that Seinfeld was the cleanest comedy there has been in a long time, and the fact that even he won’t perform for certain groups in today’s world is significant.

“There wasn’t a cleaner comic in the business in the last 50 years of our laughs, and for him to say that — and he said this about 10 years ago, when he said, ‘I no longer am doing college campuses.’ He says they’re they’re mean-spirited,” O’Hurley said.

“Historically, ethnic groups would be searching to be included in the comic repertoire of our culture,” he said. “And now — no, no, no — we can’t. And it’s not that they don’t want it, it’s that there’s a select group of those who know better who feel as though they should be deprived of it,” he said.

“Our comedy is no longer silly. It’s not about that. It’s mocking and it’s sarcasm, and that’s not comedy,” he continued.


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