Stand-up comedians Bryan Callen and Brendan Schaub performed stand up at the Laugh out Loud Comedy Club June 25th-27th, and have both tested positive for Covid-19. 350 people were in attendance at the shows and comedian Stevie Blue Eyes has been very sick since. He has currently lost his sense of taste and smell.
Callen said on his podcast “Brendan and I did everything wrong in Texas. We practiced no social distancing, got up in front of 350 people…didn’t change mics.” Callen went on to say they were “real irresponsible assholes”.
I wish someone could have predicted this.
Bryan Callen, Brendan Schaub and their superstar friend Joe Rogan have all been saying that masks are not required, they make you look weak and have publicly described social distancing as the government controlling your life. Brendan has also tweeted about how this virus is not as serious as the media and medical experts have been proclaiming.
Schaub has also said face masks “don’t protect against the coronavirus” and asked, “Who has corona more than anybody? All them Asians.” He also said, “We need somebody we know to catch this virus to see how real it is.”
Look. If you’re going to stand up comedians for guidance on how to manage a virus, you’ll get lots of dumb ideas. That’s their job. To be unfiltered and challenge our way of thinking with their honest perspectives. The problem is that these dumb ideas are as contagious as the virus itself. In Alabama this past weekend, college students have been throwing Covid parties, where a few infected people attend, everyone pays an entrance fee and the first person to contract the virus will get all the money paid to enter the party.
Joe Rogan has often set the tone for what Brendan Schaub thinks. Just watch any of their podcasts they’ve done together. Brendan is a yes man who agrees with virtually every one of Joe’s perspective. Perhaps Joe’s own apathy towards the virus and disdain for any measures taken against it have had impacted his comedian friends. They are all openly ready to move to Texas with Joe as well.
Everyone deserves to have a voice and platform to express their ideas. If their ideas are directly killing people and they refuse to change them, we are facing a problem that we might not be able to solve regardless of a vaccine.