Ari Shaffir cancels his special taping at last minute after production company bails

Jason Zinoman asked me the other day what I thought of Ari Shaffir’s Kobe Bryant “joke.” I replied that Shaffir was just staying on brand. His brand? Insufferable a-hole. In Zinoman’s column today in The New York Times, he writes about how Shaffir’s “tweet is actually the most contemporary of jokes: the troll.” Well, agree to disagree. Trolling is trolling. Trolling is heckling. Trolling is not joking. And even if you do equate them all, they all can incur consequences. Shaffir found that out immediately online with viral blowback to his Twitter and Instagram accounts (he locked the former,...

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