As the #MeToo movement continues to shed light on sexual misconduct by many men in Hollywood, comedy actors on TV are adjusting to the new reality.
The Hollywood Reporter gathered some of TV’s top male comedy actors, including Marc Maron, Louie Anderson, Ray Romano, Tracy Morgan, Sean Hayes, and Tony Shalhoub for a roundtable about their careers, how they do their jobs, and how their industry has changed in the wake of #MeToo.
Asked how comedy has been affected by the current climate, Maron said, “It used to be like, ‘I’m just going to shoot from the hip,’ but there are certain areas where it’s like, ‘I better know where this ends and I better be tight with it.'”
Maron was also asked about Louis C.K., who was accused of sexual misconduct by several female comics.
“Well, at some point there has to be a conversation, there has to be some sort of levelling off so we can communicate so not everybody, men in particular, is running around terrified of their past or of how to behave,” he said. “Because I don’t think that’s going to be helpful for anyone.
“Obviously, we’re all going to behave a little better,” Maron added. “I mean, we’re not f***ing stupid.”
Romano highlighted the importance of the new awareness of what many women have gone through.
“I don’t know how to speak to any of this, but there’s an awareness of how hard it is for women now,” he said. “They did a sketch on [Global’s “Saturday Night Live] about it, how it’s everywhere. Yes, there are some harsh things happening and harsh judgments, but the one good thing is that we’re becoming aware of what it means when somebody, even if they don’t think they’re harassing, is crossing the boundaries a bit.”