Why Black Men Struggle to Talk About Depression – Jordan Temple – Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers
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(audience applauds) – Yeah, it’s me, nigga.
(audience laughs) Yeah. We’re living in a time now where people arguing on
behalf of black people about things black people
aren’t even upset about. (audience laughs) I heard this one white
lady online, she’s like, “I’m upset and outraged
by the lack of diversity “in Tim Burton movies.” (audience laughs) And I know for a fact
that black people don’t care about being in
Tim Burton movies.(laughs) It’s not like I woke
up this morning like, “You know what the
most difficult thing “about being a black
man in America is? “I’m unrepresented in
‘Edward Scissorhands.'” (audience laughs) It’s not a real thing. I don’t like those white
savior movies, you know? Makes me wanna, like,
flip the script, have my own white savior movie, where I coach a fat, white girl through a
hot dog eating contest. (audience laughs) Call it “The Fat Side.” (audience laughs) She’s walking down the
street, she’s like, “I don’t believe in myself.” I’m like, “I believe in you.” (audience laughs) She’s like, “Really,
what do you see in me?” I’m like, “A whole
lotta hot dogs.” (audience laughs) And then she chokes
and dies on a hot dog. But the good news is,
I won an Oscar, so. My mom doesn’t like that joke. She always says, “If you don’t have
anything nice to say, “then you’re just
like your father.” (audience laughs) My girlfriend is white,
that’s just who she is, it’s not a come up. (audience laughs) I feel like the dangers
we experience apart are neutralized
when we’re together. That makes sense? Like one time we were
on the subway platform, facing each other, and standing behind me,
looking in her direction, was a guy just licking his lips. Like putting on ChapStick
for way too long. And she felt nervous. Held my hand, felt safe. Then standing behind her,
looking in my direction, were two fully uniformed
police officers. (audience laughs) And I felt nervous. Held her hand, felt safe. (audience laughs) And then a cop started
putting on ChapStick. (audience laughs) Yeah, this actually
happened to me recently, I was pulled over by
the cops in a cab. Yeah, I didn’t know they
could do that either. (audience laughs) And they put on the lights
and the cab driver was like, “I dunno. “I think I’m good.” They came and shined the
lights in the backseat like, “I’m sorry, I just wanted to
make sure this guy’s all right. “We’ve had some robberies
at gunpoint tonight.” And it made me nervous
’cause as a kid cops would come to my
school and read books to us, but in that moment I felt
like I was in a Dr. Seuss book that was trying to demonstrate
racism to children. (audience laughs) Just like, cop I am, I am cop. (audience laughs) I do not like black or woman. I would not like them on a boat. I would not like them on a goat. I would not like
them eating cookies. I would not like
them wearing hoodies. (audience laughs) I would not like them
anywhere, to be honest. (audience laughs) Except maybe my fantasy
basketball team. (audience laughs) And they came over like,
“Where you coming from?” I was like, “A comedy show.” They were like,
“Where you going to?” I was like, “A comedy show.” (audience laughs) They’re like, “Oh, really? “You’re a comedian? “Tell me a joke.” (audience laughs) I was like, “You just
pulled over my cab. (audience laughs) “Nigga that’s the joke. “That’s all you get,
you goofy bitch.” (audience laughs) I dunno. I think race relations
are getting better though. I don’t know if y’all heard, but a KKK leader was caught
with a black, gay prostitute. (audience laughs) Sounds progressive.
(audience laughs) ‘Cause he hates
blacks, he hates gays, when they’re together for
some reason he’s like, “Oh, I dabble.”
(audience laughs) Two things he hates but
became something he loves. I get it. I hate mayonnaise and tuna fish, but when they’re together, who would’ve known?
(audience laughs) I think it’s hard, for
black men especially, to talk about depression ’cause we have so many
cool words available to us to undermine how we really feel. (audience laughs) Like a couple of
years ago I was having some suicidal thoughts
and depression, so I checked myself
into a psych unit, and I know you guys
are looking at me like, “Jordan, but you’re so handsome
and well put together.” But you know what they say, black don’t crack,
only psychologically. (audience laughs) I got out of the psych unit and a friend of mine was
like, “Are you okay, man? “Is everything all right?” But I had so many cool
words available to me I was like, “Yeah, I
was just trippin’.” (audience laughs) But I wasn’t just trippin’, I
had a severe mental breakdown. If anything I might’ve been
buggin’ but I wasn’t trippin’. I went to see my
therapist, he was like, “How was your week?” I was like, “I was on one.” He looked at my
prescription like, “You’re suppose to be on two.” (audience laughs) People have weird beliefs. I think it’s funny
how some people don’t believe in depression
but believe in Jesus. (audience laughs) Like, Jesus was depressed. He washed people’s feet
using his hair and tears. If you had a friend who
washed people’s feet using his hair and
tears, you’d be like, “At least I’m doing
better than Jesus.” (audience laughs) Also, there’s a
scripture in the Bible that just says, “Jesus wept.” Jesus wept. That means somebody say
him crying and was like, “Yup. (audience laughs) “That’s what he’s doing.” Tryin’ to help him at all. That’s why I don’t
read the Bible, just a lot of bad friends. (audience laughs) I read the Bible,
that verse was like, “Jesus wept. “And then I went and asked
him if he was all right. “And he said, “‘It’s not one big thing, “‘just a lot of
little small things.'” (audience laughs) There’s no notes on
here all this says is, “You did great.”
(audience laughs) Thank you, I’m Jordan Temple.

60 thoughts on “Why Black Men Struggle to Talk About Depression – Jordan Temple – Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers

  1. This dudes generic AF!
    Hey everyone Iโ€™m a black guy…cops are mean, I have a white gf, even tho I hate white ppl, yeah you and EVERY OTHER BLACK COMIC. Cโ€™ mon dude think of just one original thing. Uhhhhh exhausting ๐Ÿ™„

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  3. Is it a requirement that every black comedian have a white romantic partner? Seriously listen to every black comedian they've posted.. This can't be a coincidence

  4. Heโ€™s good!
    Made me sad to hear he also struggles with depression…
    But the dude is funny af, hope he becomes big and happy โค๏ธ

  5. well dont make decent money and be cheap,peroid…………your gonna be depressed looking outside the box at yourself….be normal……..fact.

  6. โ€œItโ€™s not one big thing, itโ€™s a lot of little thingsโ€ whoa there thatโ€™s enough no need for attacks

  7. My granny had us memorize bible verses and when asked to recite one I'd always say "Jesus Wept" or the 23rd Psalms.

  8. I hate to be a nerdy know-it-all, but it was Mary Magdalene who washed Jesus' feet with her hair. Otherwise a jolly good show, gov'na!

  9. Very very good comedian… I feel like his bit-pace is a tad too fast, though… There's a lack of suspense in general, especially before some punchlines, and the audience is just barely getting enough time to process the jokes and laugh at them

    Much potential, very good

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