Chris Jericho explains why WWE fails with their comedic segments and what he does different when taking on a similar genre.
Chris Jericho is one of the funniest wrestlers in the world. He’s just as good as getting fans to applaud an amazing performance between the ropes as he is leaving them with their hands on their belly from laughing too much. His work with Kevin Owens from 2016 to early 2017 is a prime example of this.
He recently featured in a comedic segment in the WWE with MJF titled ‘Le Dinner Debonair’. While there were some who weren’t a fan of it, there have been many who loved it.
Jericho spoke about comedy in wrestling, on Keeping it 100 with Konnan. While comedy has always been a polarizing element of the business, a good act will go a long way with the fans and Jericho acknowledged that. However, he believes that the WWE do not understand that and end up putting the same kind of toilet humor every time.
Chris Jericho explains why WWE fails with their comedic segments
“My view of comedy is you always play it straight,” Jericho said. “WWE comedy is d–k and fart jokes. That’s why a lot of it doesn’t work well. Don’t try to be funny. Because when you try to be funny it’s never funny. And that’s been my attitude with all these segments.”
Speaking on his own with MJF, Jericho said:
“In order to encapsulate and have a story, there has to be ups and downs. And the original idea, the original connection with MJF, is the comedic element because we’re very similar characters. But don’t think this is going to be a Doink and Dink finish. There’s a lot more to it behind that.”
In fairness to the WWE, the WWE’s Attitude Era thrived on the kind of comedic segments that Jericho speaks about. The fans have since moved on but it appears that Vince hasn’t. However, with several solid performers in their ranks, there are many, such as Breezango and R-Truth, who have outperformed the material handed to them.
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