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It’s official: Comedy Central hates comedy

Humor The Post Millennial

Dina Hashem told a hilarious joke in a comedy set and Comedy Central shared the video on social media.After complaints from the joyless Twitter mob, the network took it down.
'Dina Hashem told a hilarious joke in a comedy set and Comedy Central shared the video on social media.This would normally be a huge deal for a young comedian, but in this case it all went horribly wrong.After complaints from the joyless Twitter mob, the network took it down.Not only was her video scrubbed, but Hashem has been getting death threats for having made the joke in the first place.The joke was about XXXtentacion, a rapper who has been dead for over a year.Celeb death is fair game for humour.In fact, everything is open for being laughed at.If a joke isn’t funny, people won’t laugh at it.That’s the only way to tell if it’s a bad joke.Humour is meant to push boundaries.There’s a reason kids joke books about how to see time fly and interrupting cows just aren’t that funny: the jokes have no sharp edges.The best jokes challenge us and our status quo.Just try to watch this without laughing.Apparently people think this funny joke isn’t funny.So Comedy Central deleted a video of it and the comedian is getting death threats.It would be a real shame if more people saw this funny joke. pic.twitter.com/MNR6zlBF5i — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) July 20, 2019 Even the most offensive, horrible events or situations can be made funny.The reason we laugh at them isn’t because they are not offensive, but often because they are.Comedy Central should know this.They brought us South Park, after all, arguably the most offensive show ever to grace the airwaves.Comedy Central has one job: to make funny content.Their job isn’t to make funny content that isn’t offensive, or to make funny content that pleases everyone, or even that everyone laughs at.They used to know that, but they’re getting lost in all this stupidity along the way.Comedy Central has lost their nerve, and their sense of humour.South Park emerged in a different era, when people were interested in pushing boundaries, in laughing at things they weren’t supposed to.How could jokes about a kid dying after shoving a tampon up his ass be acceptable but one about how a guy maybe shouldn’t carry his money around in his hand be cancel worthy?Now we’re all so afraid of owning our true selves that we insist we don’t find things funny that we actually find funny.What we are afraid of is people thinking bad things about us.That’s literally our whole motivation.We behave on the outside as though we are shocked and dismayed by offensive jokes but then turn around and laugh when we think no one can hear us.We used to be okay with taking risks, with standing out, with bucking the crowd.We were honest with ourselves about what we found funny and why.It’s because we didn’t second guess ourselves or worry constantly that our intentions would be misconstrued.Now we wonder if our very laughter will signal something horrible about ourselves to anyone who happens to be observing and we will be taken down.There’s nothing wrong with making jokes about public figures, or the stupid ways that people die.Joking about death is how we avoid taking life too seriously.It also is completely nonsensical to threaten someone with death because they joked about death.It’s the social media version of a parent saying “I’ll give you something to cry about.” After Comedy Central pulled the clip, comedian Colin Quinn stood up for Hashem’s right to free speech: Glad to see @ComedyCentral standing up tor the twitter mob and against @dinahashem_ you are brave and you really get comedy!Keep being cool and having principles and loyalty to the comedians! — Colin Quinn (@iamcolinquinn) July 20, 2019 Quinn has a history of not caring who he pisses off, and Comedy Central should be paying attention.They should also be listening to Hashem’s crowd, because they were laughing.Just like with Louis C.K. , who showed up as a surprise guest in Brooklyn to big laughs and cheers from the crowd only to be ridiculed online, the proof of Hashem’s humour is in the laughs.Hashem apologized for the joke. “I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, that’s never what I want.I’m a comic and use jokes to try and make dark topics less painful but I realize not everyone feels that way, and don’t want anyone to feel badly.It was taken down and won’t air on TV.” So, a well-crafted, well-executed joke will no longer air on TV.Great.This is only a victory for censorious scolds.For everyone else, it’s a straight-up loss.Comedians need to stop apologizing for being funny just because some people can’t take a joke.If we go back to the place where people didn’t apologize to the pitchfork mob, the mob would lose its power.They are only powerful because we keep giving them power, and like a mold, it grows because we let it grow.The key is to scrub the mob, not be scrubbed by it.The social justice left has its hands well around the throat of comedy.They promote unfunny anti-comics like Hannah Gadsby.They demand that funny jokes that don’t meet with their world-view be pulled, and replaced with jokes that promote values of some kind.But jokes aren’t meant to promote anything except laughs.The only criteria for whether a joke is good or not is if it’s funny, not if it doesn’t make people mad.Those who believe that jokes about death are worthy of sending death threats to the comic have a really skewed vision of justice and comedy.Keep the comic alive to make the jokes about the dead, and let the dead fend for themselves. . 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The Art of Self-Defense gets dark comedy right thanks to Jesse Eisenberg’s performance

Humor National Post

Chris Knight: The screenplay has a deliberately stilted quality, and it informs the performances
'Dark comedy is probably the hardest cinematic genre to deliver successfully. With science-fiction, you can sometimes skate by on technology; with a western, on horses. But the dark comedy requires precise balance and timing; it’s like hard-boiling an egg while juggling lemons. Read More'

Popular UAE Radio Host Gaggan Mudgal to ignite Dubai stage with laughter and comedy

Humor Aalmeen News

“Radio Dekkh”, a crack up comedy written and directed by Gaggan Mudgal depicts the funny world of Radio and the life of RJs at a radio station Gaggan Mudgal, the veteran UAE Radio Host is all set to tickle Dubai audiences with his dose of comedy
'“Radio Dekkh”, a crack up comedy written and directed by Gaggan Mudgal depicts the funny world of Radio and the life of RJs at a radio station Gaggan Mudgal, the veteran UAE Radio Host is all set to tickle Dubai audiences with his dose of comedy through his upcoming live performance “Radio Dekkh”. Scheduled to take place on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Emirates Theatre, Emirates International School, Jumeirah, Dubai, the show with its funny take on situations faced by RJ’s in their day to day lives will have audiences cracking up all throughout. Speaking about the comedy, Gaggan said, “It’s my attempt to present the amusing life in, on and around radio in the funniest way – its routine, challenges, situations and also the various aspects of the life of an RJ through this comedy act. It is fresh, fun and full of laughter and audiences are sure to have a great time”. Engaging the viewers with his fascinating mix of theatre and standup, Gaggan Mudgal’s show presents 14 characters depicting the life of RJs at a radio station. Through various acts they present what goes in the studio during the programme, after and during their free time. There are mainly four spaces where the acts are placed and these include: studios where the RJs go on-air from; reception area where contestants come to receive prizes; recreational area where RJs chill out and gossip; changing space which depicts the listener’s side or a back-story of an RJ amongst other hilarious situations. The event is organized by the entertainment app VIU which is available for free on playstore and Appstore. Tickets for the event are available at https://dubai.platinumlist.net and starts from AED 49 Note: There is an email link embedded within this post, please visit this post to email it.'

BONOKOSKI: When the prime minister becomes a joke, who’s the joke on?

Humor Toronto Sun

Without a doubt, much hilarity ensued when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted out a photograph of his riding’s youth brigade chowing down on delivery pizza with a sizable pile of plastic cutlery posing front-and-centre. Only days before, Trudeau
'Without a doubt, much hilarity ensued when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted out a photograph of his riding’s youth brigade chowing down on delivery pizza with a sizable pile of plastic cutlery posing front-and-centre. Read More'

Gerry Forbes: You just can’t help but laugh! Funnyfest returns

Humor Calgary Sun

My good buddy Stu Hughes has been doing stand up ever since he was first discovered doing jokes in his crib many years ago and he has dedicated his life to making sure people laugh. The 19th edition of Funnyfest is this year and it’s bigger and
'My good buddy Stu Hughes has been doing stand up ever since he was first discovered doing jokes in his crib many years ago and he has dedicated his life to making sure people laugh. Read More'

Comic Bellefeuille starts series of English shows at Montreal's Le Bordel

Humor Montreal Gazette

'It's a good opportunity to tell English fans there's a good French comedy club. .. And if you like it, maybe you'll come back,' Bellefeuille said.
'François Bellefeuille, one of Quebec's leading standup comics, wants to help bring the two solitudes together with his plan to start bringing English-language comedy shows to Le Bordel Comédie Club, a place until now exclusively devoted to franco humour. There's a little naked self interest behind the project, too, but let's first hear about the altruism. Read More'