"I am trying to be the best comedian I can be"... why? To get on SNL? As an end in itself? Can't say "To make people laugh" if you don't care who gets hurt
"Just jokes" assumes jokes have no impact, no power to change the world.
He's going through the same motions as one, but for what point?
I would say because it matters. Because it's powerful, one of the most powerful forms of communication we have.
And that kind of power should be handled with care.
He wasn't above criticism.
And he received it, back in his day. It's not something new that makes people give feedback to comedians, some new SJW internet thing.
You actually could say the N word on television. People did. On network television.
But his point was never that words are just words, jokes are just jokes. His whole premise was they matter a lot.
Ten years of your life devoted to nothing.
That's Shane Gillis.