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Advice to Young Comedians in the Age of Politically Correct Authoritarianism

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Comedy is the razor’s edge of acceptable speech. It’s got to be — otherwise, it’s not funny.

The ingredients of a funny joke are irreverence, absurdity, strangeness, cultural relevance, and taboo subject matter. Without at least one of these, there is no humor. Now, how on God’s gray Earth can you create a joke without taking the risk that someone might be offended by it? It’s impossible.

Nevertheless, today’s politically correct outrage culture is reaching out to put its creaky, syphilitic hands on comedy and to tell the rest of us what is socially acceptable comedy and what is not.

This authoritarian push is coming from a reptilian pre-frontal-cortical mindset — from a drive to power that is humorless, non-creative, dour, sour, and above all boring. Boring!

It’s got to the point where the major comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and others won’t even perform on college campuses. Today’s college student is a frightened, angry, offense-hungry, victimhood fetishist. They are desperate to wedge themselves into some victim status or another in the hopes of getting ill-earned dates and government funding.

George Carlin once said, “Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance. It comes disguised as tolerance, presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control language with strict codes and rigid rules. I’m not sure that’s the way to fight discrimination. I’m not sure silencing people or forcing them to alter their speech is the best method for solving problems that go much deeper than speech.”

Here’s comedian Owen Benjamin with advice to a young comedian just starting out in the PC era.

~ Liberty Video News


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