Stand up comedy – Should it have boundaries? – Poll
Should there be boundaries in comedy?
That was the question explored at an open forum called “Laughing your way to Hell” Tuesday afternoon at Cumberland county College.
The Holocaust was among the topics explored with Louis CK and Sarah Silverman were among the comedians.
Personally I think the only boundary there should be in comedy “Is it funny?” and that’s a tough boundary, especially when dealing with what can offend.
Usually comics will only joke about their nationalities and not pick on others. .
Bill Hicks a comedian who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32 said ‘If you can’t make them laugh, make em think” In a society where many folks get their news from “The Daily Show” humor is another way to raise awareness. It also helps some people deal with tragedy and pain.
Comedy is subjective what some find funny could end up offending others, but it is the right of the comedian to say it as well as the right of Americans to hear it.
If you don’t like it, you simply don’t have to listen or come to the show. That’s the best way to send a message. Comedy is a business and if people stop coming to the show, the comic is out of business.
What’s important is that the comic gets to make that joke and continues to push the boundaries. The audience will let you know immediately how they feel and that’s the way it should be.
What do you think? Should stand up comedy be the one place where there are no boundaries?
Take the poll below.