Go Ahead, Tell A Comedian They Can’t Joke About Something…

bigstock-joke-mask-792646“There’s the real world, then there’s the joke world.” – A Comedian

I don’t find all attempts at humor humorous. There are subjects I don’t particularly like to hear in the context of jokes, for a variety of reasons of which those subjects or the reasons I don’t care for them are not important here. I do, however, know more than a few people who make a living telling jokes.

I opened up a dialog with several of them recently about the use of humor in about half a dozen different topics, all of them which they, being decent human beings were adamantly against, but have used in their acts over the years. These were both men and women, hetero and homosexual, from the barely legal to almost ancient.

What ensued were conversations that pretty much all ended up with

The Same Response…

That being, when someone tells them they ‘can’t‘ use a subject in their act, the very first thing they do is go home and start writing material on it. I’m not a comedian, nor do I play one anywhere. Any comedians out there care to weigh in on this?

Oh, and in case you are wondering, one of the subjects isn’t what some of you are thinking of, just in case your blogging cockles are beginning to rise. Thoughts?

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  5 comments for “Go Ahead, Tell A Comedian They Can’t Joke About Something…

  1. October 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    One of my most recent Facebook posts ran in a similar groove:

    “I’ve given up the ‘N’ word, and I honestly think I’m better off without it.

    “But generally speaking, I think people who want you to give up certain words, so as not to insult one group or another, are morally akin to book-burners. The impulse to rein in one’s use of language so as to not hurt people’s feelings is a good one, but the impulse to force other people to follow along is slightly less defensible.

    “The sad thing is, I know this sentiment will offend people who are mostly careful of the feelings of others, and find loudest support among the offensive childish bastards who love to deliberately toss out these linguistic barbs.”

  2. Gerhard Skogheim
    October 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Difficult one, that is. It is the realization that it is not you who died, that makes you laugh the loudest. And if you can’t laugh at the reflection in the mirror, you may lack a sense of humor. Whatever people do, think or say may be used against them to the amusement of others, whether they take offense or not. But there are many human conditions, slight or severe, that must not be exploited in this way. It is all about not striking somone who is lying down. It’s morals…

  3. Gabby
    October 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Nothing, and I mean NOTHING is off limits to comedy. My family has always lived by this rule and it’s gotten us, and all of those around us, through some very difficult times. As I am always attempting to be the funny guy in the room, I’ve misfired and offended people on many occasions. Still, the laughs I’ve given far outweigh the offense.
    Honestly, if you’re offended by a joke, or an attempted one, that’s tough shit. Everyone likes a good laugh and appreciates someone who can give them one. Well, it’s not easy. Sometimes the buttons being pushed are yours. Sometimes it doesn’t quite come out right. Sometimes it comes out so horribly that the person making the joke can’t even figure out what they were going for. It’s just the nature of the beast.

  4. Cluisanna
    October 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I would never tell anyone they “can’t” joke about something, but if it is someone I know I’d tell them that I find their joke tasteless and/or hurtful and if it is a comedian I would stop watching hir and maybe tell others about how I think he’s not funny. I generally think every topic can be funny, but the majority of jokes are made at the expense of people who already suffer under the same stereotypes and attitudes that the joke is about (e.g. “make me a sandwich”), and these jokes are not only hurtful and dehumanizing, they are also simply lazy. I like my humor to be absurd and unexpected, and I don’t find jokes that just serve to (consciously or subconsciously) uphold the status quo to be funny.

  5. waltinseattle
    October 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    re cluisana and jokes that support the status quo….those are perversions. humor questions and upsets the satus quo. chalenges how one has looked at certain situations. thatts its value…helping us thru the eternal shit…overcoming the depression…

    my take on the happymeal “joke” is that it “gives permission” to the subhumans who actually feel that way. we (most) might not like being denied a bad choice. …subhumans might consider the message here a valid one. too much of that in this land of yahoos and crackers already. make fun of them but do not fucking validate those morons.

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