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    Poverty Is No Joke, but Rich Comics Aren’t Funny

    They killed it. Humor, that is, by showering successful comedians with cash. Take Dave Chappelle, argues OZY’s Eugene S. Robinson. As a hungry young performer, Chappelle could bring the house — however humble — down. Now that he’s pulling in $20 million per special, he’s laughing all the way to the bank, while audiences are left with shtick that’s often rehashed, and sometimes borrowed.

    Whatcha gonna do about it? Robinson’s Indecent Proposal is a humor tax of sorts: Like that Robin Hood movie Chappelle was in, you’d take from the rich comics and give to the poor, though admittedly that’ll dull their edge too.

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