Current Happeings in Comedy

July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

A news story I saw at Feministing this morning ties into my earlier post: this is why we still need to talk about the social context of humor.

Three things:

1. What the woman in the audience did was not “heckling” – this is what heckling sounds like. Okay not exactly, but the Muppets are pretty awesome.

2. Trying to shut down discussion of social concerns by dismissing valid criticism as an uptight overreaction is a crap tactic. In fact it’s a craptastic crap tactic. Yuuup.

3. I think that there are ways of making jokes about the awful things that exist in the world, but this definitely wasn’t one of them.

 

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Ironic Humor is Ironic (Ironically)

July 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

I had a conversation with a very good friend of mine over the weekend and, after catching up on her latest adventures and attempts at basil lemonade-making, we spent a long time talking about the legitimacy of our reactions to questionable jokes/attitudes/comments.

I’ve been thinking about humor a lot lately, particularly the kind of humor that involves politically incorrect ideas related to sexism, racism, etc. How can you tell when something is genuinely funny because it plays with controversial topics and when it is just lazy, thinly-veiled “ironic” stereotyping?

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