Local comedians talk about upcoming Daniel Tosh performance


Daniel Tosh will appear at Stephens Auditorium on June 4. Photo courtesy of Stephens Auditorium

Jenna Miller

Comedy Central’s Daniel Tosh is coming to the Iowa State Center June 4th.

Tosh is known for his show Tosh.0, which airs on Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m. on Comedy Central. The show plays video clips from the internet, and Tosh then uses his witty humor to make fun of the people in the videos.

Max Fuson, a local comedian and senior in philosophy at Iowa State, is familiar with Tosh’s work.

“I love his offensive humor, don’t get me wrong, but I think there are other people who do it better,” Fuson said. “Anthony Jeselnik does it better. Not to say Daniel Tosh doesn’t do it well, but he had his own niche and then he kind of forsake that so he could do his own offensive material.”

Joey Ficken, majoring in advertising and psychology said he’s known about Tosh for a while, but isn’t as wild about him as some fans.

“I’ve known about Daniel Tosh since 2006. I saw one of his stand-ups before he became a mainstream celebrity,” Ficken said. “I’ve always thought he was funny, but he’s not my favorite. I’m just a casual fan of his.”

A main point that sets Tosh apart from other comedians, for Ficken, is his offensive humor.

“I’m not huge into the insult comedy, which is what he is,” Ficken said. “I think he’s good at what he does, and I watch his show every once in a while, but I don’t make it a priority.”

With ticket prices at almost $60, fans aren’t letting that stop them; the show is nearly sold out.

“I haven’t gone out of my way to go get a ticket,” Ficken said. “I haven’t ruled out that I wouldn’t go, but I’m not on my way to go get a ticket. That’s a lot of money [and] we do stand-up here in town for free.”

Ficken said Tosh is one of the more popular comedians on tour right now, but he said there are some groups that don’t find his insult comedy all that funny.

“I’ve never really met people that don’t really like him, but that could just be my friend group. There are a lot of people against him. Females don’t seem to like him,” said Ficken.

During a comedy tour last year, Tosh caused controversy in Los Angeles when he said all rape jokes are funny. According to Us Weekly, a woman in the crowd then shouted back that rape is never funny. Tosh then replied with, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by, like, five guys right now?”

Fuson and Ficken both agreed that incident was something that started a trend of displeased Tosh fans.

“As soon as the media got a hold of it, nobody wanted to be on the side defending rape,” Fuson said.

Many women spoke out against this, which caused a stir among popular culture comedy.

“I can see that he’s being honest, but sometimes there’s taste involved, and you think ‘I don’t know if I should say this,’” Ficken said.

Fuson said there was a line that Tosh may have crossed, when poking fun at the rape subject.

“He wasn’t wrong for saying a rape joke, but he was wrong for saying that she should get raped,” said Fuson. “It’s one of those things that, yes, it’s offensive, but she was yelling stuff at him. She’s got to expect to get yelled at back.”

Tosh eventually tweeted an apology for his joke on July 10th, 2012, where he said, “All the out of context misquotes aside, I’d like to sincerely apologize.”

Fuson said he didn’t necessarily agree with Tosh’s apologetic message, and he didn’t have anything to apologize for.

“I don’t think he should have had to apologize. There’s a thing you get into when you go to a comedy show,” Fuson said. “You aren’t going to agree with everything they say and you’re not going to be completely happy. So you’re going to be a offended a little bit.”

With controversy in the past, Ficken said fans should still expect the same, offensive humor Tosh usually provides.

“He’s always been pretty offensive, that’s always been his draw. All his specials are the same brand of humor,” Ficken said. “You’re gonna be squirming a little if you’re not into that.”

Fuson said Tosh could approach that fine line once again.

“I’m guessing it’s going to be a mesh of a little bit of everything,” Fuson said. “He’s probably still going to have offensive jokes because that’s bread and butter for everybody. I would imagine he doesn’t only do offensive jokes.”