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When will Comedy End?

  • 06-02-2022 8:04pm
    Registered Users Posts: 75 ✭✭ Amias

    When you think about it, Generation after Generation seem to be offended by the previous Generations take on what was acceptable as comedy & humour.

    With the power of Social media and the Internet, it seems that it’s highly likely that many comedians past acts ( which was acceptable in the past ) will and does come back to haunt them.

    I fear that comedy and humour are on their last legs.



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 3,897 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Raichu

    Comedy a genre or the comedy of old?

    if the former, no that’s a stupid assertion, if the latter maybe. Who knows.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 831 ✭✭✭ Icemancometh

    He got in some bother making a joke about a contractor who was kidnapped in Iraq I think.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,648 ✭✭✭ Quantum Erasure

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,648 ✭✭✭ Quantum Erasure

     They may use absurd humour to do that but when taken at face value may look like punching down.

    like that Jimmy Carr joke?

    yeah, that's not looking too good

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,480 ✭✭✭✭ Akrasia

    What kind of stupid thread is this?

    Comedy evolves and changes depending on the context of our geo-political and socio-cultural environments

    Humour will end the day the last sentient being makes a sarcastic comment and gives a middle appendage to the situation that has caused the end of their civilisation

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 3,897 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Raichu

    Ah no he did get into a bit of it a while back for something he said can’t remember what but yeah he pissed on a few cornflakes, but sure, most people have.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,272 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN

    It's a fine line, trying to tell comedians what they can tell jokes about, and what they can't.

    Can it cross into what might be described as hate speech?

    In the case of this Jimmy Carr joke, it seemed to get plenty of laughs in the audience, so plenty found it funny. Whether it ends his career, only time will tell. I still think he should be able to make the joke if he wants, as long as he is prepared to take any effect it has on his career with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,360 ✭✭✭✭ Tony EH

    It won't even come close to ending his career.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,339 ✭✭✭✭ Danzy

    It's an age old, the same argument was heard in the 50s as now, Comedians by their very nature will always want to prick the balloon of the type of individual that are Priests and activists.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,874 ✭✭✭✭ Strumms


    look at Jackie Mason, a hilarious Jewish guy whose main gag was ripping the pîss out of Jewish people… out of everybody….one of the funniest people to have lived.

    edit : I found a brilliant 5 minute clip on YouTube of him, just ripping into Jewish husband and wife relationships, piss funny, but….I wouldn’t even know if i could post it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,560 ✭✭✭✭ anewme

    I was just going to say the exact same. The crowd here playing the WOKEY COKEY card and bleating that you cant say anything anymore, would have been the same having a meltdown at the likes of Jim Davidson/Bernard Manning telling racist jokes about the Irish - when the Irish were downtrodden and easy pickings.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,215 ✭✭✭✭ Suckit

    I have always thought to myself that there will come a time when people will decide 'that's enough' and push back against this cancel culture bullsh*t. They are only really vocal on twitter and social media, and amongst similar minded people.

    They are just loud, and for some reason the mainstream media gives that a voice. Everyone seems to agree Twitter is a cess pit, so why allow it such a loud voice?

    This could be the beginning of the push back, this and the book 'Woke Racism'.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,215 ✭✭✭✭ Suckit

    IIRC Frankie used to write some of Jimmy Carr's material, so may even have written that, but probably not.

    Either way, I would imagine both of their acts are deconstructed and analysed bit by bit before giving it the green light. He might have said it and risked his career anyway, but I'm betting most of the people who needed to know what was in his show, knew. He probably won't even lose his presenting jobs.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 44,526 CMod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    maybe it should have been left to a more talented writer and/or comic, if that was the intent.

    i have not seen it, just read it, and maybe i'm missing context, but there doesn't seem to have been all that much nuance to it.