Emergency! People everywhere forgot how to take a joke. If you or someone you know is offended by a setup and punchline, you may be at high risk of sensitivity. Remedies are: thicker skin, pacifiers, belly rubs and a 58,342 day abstinence from social media.
“There is some truth to every joke” my tenth grade English teacher once said. Those words felt inherent. Finally, articulated for me to use over dinner conversations. Truth, is, has been and always will be the State of Comedy. It is most imperative to remind the world the best jokes are the jokes you don’t want to laugh at. You try restraining but foil to a sudden gasp, shriek, or guilty chuckle because what you heard is so “truuuueeeee.”
Today, we stand amidst an outdated, everlasting battle. A feud between truth and feelings. On one side, unintended listeners, disconnected onlookers and many in between march into battle entitled to their opinion. Retaliating, the offended engage, unequipped and oblivious to the rules of engagement. They charge head on against a veteran comic mogul skillfully trained in the art of delivering truth.
To their surprise, the comic does not fold. The comic has endured worse. From day one, the comic is told “tell your story and do not care what they think.”
Attempting to win over the masses, the offended employ a plot compelling the public to believe they too want “Comedy Censorship.” Fancy rhetoric and a paradox so absurd even Oscar Wilde would disdain entertaining. Censorship is for children, churches, college campuses, and corporate environments. In comedy, there are no limits or boundaries with the exception of one rule: “the joke must be funny.”