Crypto Comedy: From Moon Memes to Dirty Dollars and Filthy Fiat Humor, The Bitcoin Troll Culture is Rising
Bitcoin and Comedy – The Rising Popularity of Crypto Humor
Comedians are known for sourcing their comic content from the trending topics in the contemporary world. Ever since Bitcoin came into the limelight, there have been countless satirical drawings, memes, socially commentary, and even music videos that describe and mock the rise of the most popular digital currency. Nonetheless, these comedians have contributed massively towards creating awareness on Bitcoin amongst the masses.
For instance, Cameralla, an Australian production company, created a sketched drawing called Bitcoin Explained which indicates how the forefathers reacted when gold was marked as a store of value. On the other hand, Remy Munasifi drew a satirical sketch called the Bitcoin Billionaire that features individuals who jumped onto the Bitcoin bandwagon without having an understanding of the crypto markets.
Margaux Avedisian, popularly known as the Queen of Bitcoin, is a New York-based investor, comedian and public relations officer. To date, Avedisian has appeared in many crypto-related discussions and documentaries, including a movie called The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.
Avedisian ventured into Bitcoin investment and comedy in 2012. Back then, she used to stage comic shows on a weekly basis at the Bitcoin Center in New York. However, as Margaux noted, this platform is not exclusively dedicated to crypto-themed jokes. Precisely, she stated that during her show, there were only a few cryptocurrency jokes. Avedisian further added that the first full cryptocurrency comic show was performed after a conference at the Bitcoin Center.
In fact, it is apparent that blockchain comedy is still an emerging culture. Mostly, such comics are performed after the completion of crypto-related conferences. According to Avedisian, the reason behind this is that many people do not get the jokes, making it unworthy of presenting them to an uninformed audience.
Nonetheless, Margaux believes that crypto humor is gradually gaining traction amongst the masses. To this end, she pointed out that comedy can enlighten people on the developments in the industry while making them happy at the same time.
Crypto Humor As A Cautionary Mechanism
Although comics lighten up the mood and paint a positive picture about the crypto space, it is worth noting that this industry has its dark side. Several investors have lost their money to fraudulent ICOs, and comedians are now educating prospective traders of these risks.
Remy Munasifi is popular for his comic YouTube videos that mock the Arabic culture. Lately, he has diversified his portfolio to include crypto humor, citing the increasing interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech. Specifically, he made a funny video where it rains Bitcoin, drawing inspiration from rap music videos where they make money rain.
Remy acknowledged that he is fascinated with Bitcoin, adding that it is an indicator that people are concerned with the rising inflation rates. However, he mentioned that he prefers fiat money to digital currencies.
Crypto Brekkie uses a humorous show to caution investors about fraudsters in the crypto space. The show, known as Blockchain and Morty, is inspired by the famous cartoon program, Rick and Morty.
Brekkie became interested in digital currencies last year and quickly learnt of the massive disruptive potential that the technology holds. During this process, he also realized the high prevalence of scammers who were fleecing uninformed investors and tarnishing the reputation of the industry. This inspired him to create a show through which he warns traders of the scammers, albeit with a touch of humor.
Using Comedy To Simplify The Blockchain Concept
Carl Sorheim, the founder of Cameralla, delved into blockchain comedy after his friend failed to clearly explain the concept of the technology to him and others during a dinner party. According to Carl, the concept was too complex for a novice to grasp, which is why he transformed the friend’s anecdote into a sketch. After writing the skit, Carl forwarded it to his workmates who approved of it and later uploaded it on YouTube as a video called Bitcoin Explained.
Despite being not being entirely a comedy show, Cameralla has been embracing a light touch ever since Bitcoin and Ethereum became the talk of the town. As per Sorheim, the response has been overwhelming, with millions of views on Facebook and an additional 150,000 on YouTube. Also, the company has received several feedback messages, coming from both experienced investors and individuals who only heard about Bitcoin from friends. Indeed, the novices are the ones who are sharing the videos at a high rate.
Unfortunately, cameral has been a victim of content theft, particularly on the Facebook website. To make matters worse, the Facebook team has not been helpful despite several appeals from the company.