You’re thoughts and prayers mean f****** nothing.

If you want to watch a comedian who literally doesn’t give a s**t whether or not you find his stuff offensive, Anthony Jeselnik.

This is a comedian that walks on stage and doesn’t do impressions, or a certain funny character. How he gets his audience to laugh is through his real life stories of him being pretty much a terrible person and bragging about it. As a comedian, you have to be completely unapologetic and Jeselnik takes the gold on this one.

In his stand-up “Thoughts and Prayers”, he has a bit where he speaks about tweeting about tragedies the day that they happen. If you haven’t seen the segment, I invite you stop reading right now and watch it here.


Okay… now you had one of two reactions. The first: you laughed your ass off. You’re thinking, “Yes! Absolutely! Sure it’s a terrible tragedy but, holy crap, this guy is hilarious!” Or, you finished the video and you look like this:


No matter which way you look at it, Mr. Jeselnik is sitting back in his seat, with a grin on his facing knowing he has done his job. With his brash personality and narcissistic attitude thinking that what he does is never wrong, gives him the confidence to say and do whatever he wants.

I’ll admit, I thought it was terrible at first. Why on Earth would someone tweet about something as awful as the Boston Marathon Bombing, or the Aurora shooting. The hit adult cartoon show, South Park, thrives off of present day events and pop culture and turns it into humor. When occurrences like the Boston Bombing happen, people died, were seriously injured, and families grieved over the loss of a loved one. Jeselnik thinks, “Perfect opportunity.”

If you’re wondering what other tragedies Jeselnik has tweeted about, here are some examples:

Prince’s Death:


Pulse Orlando Nightclub shooting:


And the terrorist attack in Paris, France:


^^^ The last one is not his best work.

I’m not saying that what he is doing is morally or ethically right. When things like this happen, it’s sad and people need their time to mourn. But in some cases, people who have been through a tragedy want to know that everything is going to be okay. In Jeselnik’s terms, he thinks a tweet that will shed light on a comedic side of the story will help. His reasoning for why this isn’t such a bad thing are as follows:

  • Victims of these tragedies aren’t on Twitter
  • It helps people going through this horrible time laugh a little
  • Tweets about sending thoughts and prayers are pointless
  • He is really, really, good at it.

Now, who am I to say that what he is doing is so terrible that after I’ve watched this bit a few times, I still give a little chuckle. Am I a bad person for laughing? Maybe. But I think that’s why comedians make these kinds of jokes. If you can’t laugh at yourself, someone eventually will.





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