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Comedian Ari Shaffir is currently on the chopping block for his dark joke about Kobe Bryant. He has a sort of ritual where instead of praising celebrities when they die, he instead immediately publishes the darkest, cruelest joke he can imagine. In the past, he lost friends over this habit. Now he's losing gigs. At first I wondered whether Shaffir is simply a nihilist. But after watching this video, I think it has more to do with pragmatism. Shaffir describes himself as a troll. He'll say whatever it takes to get a reaction from his audience. In this case, he's trying to ma