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Are there any lines that comedy should not cross?

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Initial post: Sep 1, 2010 3:14:14 PM PDT
seven says:
Such as talking about race, religion, etc?

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 3:50:24 PM PDT
John Pearson says:
I think that inter-religous, inter-racial, inter-species symbiotic relaxation techniques should never be discussed.


John Pearson
Learn Me Good

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2010 5:12:40 PM PDT
Conor says:
Rape jokes or disasters, things of that nature, and other distasteful stuff.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 6:55:30 PM PDT
Vikki Tuck says:
I have a problem with comedy and disabilities,. as I advocate for children with disabilities in the school system and I have a teen daughter recently paralized...a sore spot for me

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 1:07:52 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 5, 2010 5:57:45 AM PDT
I'm afraid that there are no subjects that should ever be off-limits to the comic.
You can not have a PC comedian.
I recently published a book that deals with prejudice, RANCHO WEIRDO
not by politically correct preaching, but through humor.
I do think that David Sedaris went over the line when I heard him read in Pittsfield, MA.
and after reading a few stories, he read from some sort of humor Atlas
and one excerpt made fun of the poor starving stick-like children of Ethiopia.
I found no humor in it at all. On the other hand, his story about being an elf at MAcy's
is one of the funniest stories I have ever read, while truly hysterical, it was also a
great commentary on American commercialism, but of course he didn't have to say so outright--
he showed it brilliantly through every detail.
Those who protest too much about humor, maybe need to look at their own prejudices first.
Laura Chester, author

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 1:29:56 PM PDT
F. Miller says:
The one thing that should never be joked about are pedophiles. Pretty much everything else is fair game. Even joking about disabilities, especially if the comedian is disabled, is trying to make light of a difficult situation. But it makes me a little sick when I hear jokes about pedophiles or even having sex with animals. It's not funny, it's just disgusting.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 5:37:35 AM PDT
I found one joke about child abuse funny in context, and that was in A FISH CALLED WANDA. Else, this is an area which is not funny.

My father in law was blind and collected jokes on the subject. He told them at parties. He had the cojones to pull the stories off.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 7:06:32 AM PDT
Sheila says:
The reality is, if the comic is funny, s/he will be successful, and if not, very few people will be hearing his/her jokes.

What one person finds funny, another does not.

While I agree there are areas that are simply not funny, I don't get to make that decision for the rest of the world. If I got to make the rules, there would be no more bars, I don't drink, I was injured by a drunk driver, and my uncle was murdered by a drunk driver at 10 am. For me, drinking is not a good thing. There are a lot of people that would disagree with me. I don't get to decide for everyone - but I do get to decide how I will live my life.

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Sweet Tea (The Tea Series)

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Posted on Sep 11, 2010 1:52:16 PM PDT
Oh, pedophilia and funny: Stephen Lynch's "Alter Boy".

And Bill Hick's joke about surrounding David Koresh's compound with tanks: "Why don't they surround the local Catholic Church?'

And...there was a request on the behalf of Survivors of Abuse from the Hands of Roman Catholics Priests to prohibit the building of any more Churches."

Context, context....

Robert Whitaker Sirignano

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 10:03:28 AM PDT
Sean Hansen says:
My answer is: No. Everything can be offensive and as such nothing should be left out for the fear of hurting someone's feelings. The reason Michael Richards got crucified wasn't that he used a slur, it was that he wasn't funny while doing it. David Cross, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, George Carlin, and Bill Hicks have used that same word(I don't know if amazon would ban me if I type it) and came out the other side just fine.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 11:08:39 AM PDT

its that simple all that matters is if its funny

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 12:35:43 PM PDT
...ah Michael Richards.... was unfairly treated. He's not really a stand up comic , but an actor who does comedy. He's not well with spontaneous. And that's who and what you know. He was picked on by blacks in the audience, and he shorted out. Instead of banter he gave anger.

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Steve-o says:
Never joke about pedophiles?!

Did you hear scientists recently discovered the cause of pedophilia? Sexy children.

Don't even get me started on Michael Jackson jokes.

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Posted on Sep 17, 2010 7:15:38 AM PDT
tina Traster says:
I say break the mold. Piss people off. Wake people up. You'll be doing the world a favor. I've done plenty of that in my book Burb Appeal: The Collection. It's my take on my suburban life. So what if I need to get a rifle and a German Shepherd.
Tina Traster
Author of Burb Appeal: The Collection
Burb Appeal: A Collection of Humorous Essays

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2010 7:10:18 PM PDT
Conor says:
Yes, it is subjective. To me, distasteful is making jokes about things such as 9/11, the holocaust, Madeline McCann, things of that nature.
Your comment about MASH is fair enough, except MASH was funny. South Park gets away with sensitive topics also, because it's funny.
In the wrong hands, approaching such topics isn't, or else isn't period.
I'm a fan of Family Guy for example. Then they started doing jokes on Jan Bonet ramsay.
Not cool. That kid's dad could have been watching that. Not cool at all.
MASH is different, to me, as everyone has had time to get over the Korean war.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2010 7:16:53 PM PDT
Conor says:
I hear you, here, but on the flip side, how would you feel about a disabled comedian making jokes on disabilities?
I once saw a stand up comedian with cerebral palsey doing a routine, for example.
He asked why whenever he went to the airport people kept staring at him.
"Is it because I have cerebral palsey", he asked, *Cue uncomfortable silence from audience*
..."or is it because I'm flying the plane?", he continued.
I gotta say, I was on the floor at that one, bad as it might have been.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2010 7:20:47 PM PDT
Conor says:
Re Paedophilia. You should check out Chris Morris's Brass Eye, a parody of news shows. Morris brilliantly satirizes the hysteria over paedophiles as opposed to makes fun of the topic itself, and it's done quite well.
Morris has gotten into hot water before, as he often ropes in unwitting celebs to help him in his "appeals".
He once got a load of UK celebs to speak out against the dangers of the "new designer drug" called "cake", which was bright yellow, and the size of a football, lol.
They weren't amused when they realized it was all a joke at their expense.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 1:35:55 PM PDT
I think you are on safest ground when your making jokes about your self. Then NOTHING is out of bounds. Take my novel, newly out on Kindle, Cutting Through the Knot (Second Edition), it looks directly at mental illness, a subject often considered taboo. It's fiction and at least parts of it are funny.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2010 10:39:54 AM PDT
Uh, oh! I cross them all!

Infinite bliss,
Barbey Bardot

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 3:50:30 AM PDT
DarrenHF says:
Simple answer is no because if it's funny then it serves its purpose. Anything that crosses the line ceases to be funny.

The Sword In The Tree
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