Jim is hilarious as usual, but this time he is extremely brave. Going to different countries and writing new content for each place. Wow! One thing that does not translate well is comedy...unless it is slapstick or physical comedy...but definitely not stand up. It so often gets lost in translation and can be easily misunderstood. It can turn extremely offensive when obviously it is not meant to be. In many cases comedy is like a mirror we hold to ourselves, showing us our own humanity and flaws. Some cannot laugh at this reflection but instead cry out in anger. In these first two episodes I feel like Jim has navigated these foreign waters fairly well, Canada much easier than Spain.
I see people getting offended at comedy shows in America all the time. Imagine performing in front of a group where you are the "foreign invader" and absolutely no one is going to take your side if you say something perceived as offensive. I have done this exact thing on social media and people will actually make things up to prove that their friend was right in being offended at what you said, because you are the outsider. "You're not one of us and you never will be!" These people need some sort of outlet to relieve their stress and anger, from pain you are not even the source of. "Instead of laughing to relieve our stress let's get pissed! This man is making fun of something we hold so dear to our hearts! Crucify him!" And in feeling like they are righting a wrong by abusing this evil outsider, justice has been served, the ego has been patched and their stressful life they have relieved.
What most do not understand is that life is a joke, God is the greatest comedian of all. We toil away for years doing what we think is important and before you know it, everything is gone in a blink of an eye. When death is knocking on your door you will understand. All those things that we spent so much time fighting for, the years of ego building, it all fades away. While other things, even the most simple, like silently sitting next to a friend.... are cherished. If you cannot see how meaningless it all was your not going to be laughing. I think everyone deserves a near death experience to gain a little perspective. Don't get me wrong, I do not mean to not strive to do what you love and what you think is great, but for everyone else's sake! WHY SO SERIOUSah!