Happy New Year!
Thank God 2016 is finally over. Now we have a whole new year of things to complain about. And when it comes to complaining no one does it better than comedians. We are constantly using social trends, news events, and new technologies as fodder for our new jokes. And while no one knows what the future holds there are some things that we can expect to happen in 2017 that we know will be easy targets of jest. Wether it be on stage, or just social media here are a look at the top things you can expect comedians to make fun of in 2017.
#10 Social Media Itself
#9 Brexit and the Breakdown of the EU
#8 ISIS and the Middle East
#7 Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality also has a learning curve for new audiences which means a lot of VR fails. We've already seen a handful of videos of people crashing into things while wearing VR headsets go viral online. Expect some VR memes to follow.
#6 Star Wars Episode VIII
After the success of The Force Awakens and Rouge One, you can expect a year long hype for this much anticipated addition to the Star Wars Universe. It will be sad that this will be Carrie Fisher's swan song, but in good taste or bad there will be a lot of jokes about bringing her back in CG form like they did in Rouge One.
Personally I'm going to focus my jokes on Kylo Ren - aka Ben Solo. Particularly about how a character with two such good looking parents ended up turning out so ugly? No wonder he decided to wear a helmet and turn to the dark side.
#5 Nintendo Switch
The gimmick is it's a home consul that you can take with you on the go. So now when mom's tell there kids to play outside and get some fresh air the kids can take their video games with them and play them at the park.
What's really interesting is Japan has made Mario part of the advertising for the 2020 olympics in Tokyo, and if the Nintendo switch is a failure then you can expect a lot of jokes about the olympic committee considering a Playstation mascot instead. Might I suggest Kratos from "God of War".
#2 Binge Worthy TV
Similarly you can expect jokes directed at any other binge worthy TV show, such as the Walking Dead, and of Marvel's Netflix shows, and House of Cards. Particularly the latter as it gets compared to the number one butt of all jokes for 2017...
#1 "President" Donald Trump
A comedian making a joke about Donald Trump is like an executioner being asked to behead a giraffe. There is so much material to work with you don't know where to start. Yes, he prefers a 3am tweet over a press release. Yes, he is endorsed by the KKK, and hired their hero Steve Bannon to be his top advisor. Yes, he's thrice married, has a history of trolling beauty pageant changing rooms, and he seems to want to bang his daughter. Yes, he's sexist, racist, xenophobic, and elitist. But if that wasn't enough there is all the illegal stuff he's done. He's a tax dodging, bankruptcy filing, fraud settling, pussy grabbing, Russian ball fondling, antitrust violating, Cuba Embargo breaking, accused rapist.
He's like the drunk uncle from Thanksgiving who has the influence of a billionaire and now the power of the President of the United States. It would make for a hilarious movie, but is terrifying as a reality. That's why it's all the more important to laugh at the fear. It's the only way we are going to survive the next four years with any sanity.
To give you an idea of just how big of a joke Donald Trump will be in the coming months, one of the hot joke gifts of the holiday season was toilet paper with his face on it. Proof that Donald Trump is going to catch a lot of crap from everyone.