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Can We Take a Joke? (2015)

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An examination of Western society's apparent contemporary intolerance of edgy humor by comedians.


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Credited cast:
Adam Carolla ... Himself
Bob Corn-Revere Bob Corn-Revere ... Himself
Noam Dworman Noam Dworman ... Himself
Karith Foster Karith Foster ... Herself
Gilbert Gottfried ... Himself
Penn Jillette ... Himself
Lisa Lampanelli ... Herself
Chris Lee Chris Lee ... Himself
Greg Lukianoff Greg Lukianoff ... Himself
Heather McDonald ... Herself
Jim Norton ... Himself
Christina Pazsitzky ... Narrator
Jonathan Rauch Jonathan Rauch ... Himself
Jon Ronson ... Himself


In the age of social media, nearly every day brings a new eruption of outrage. While people have always found something to be offended by, their ability to organize a groundswell of opposition to-and public censure of-their offender has never been more powerful. Today we're all one clumsy joke away from public ruin. Can We Take A Joke? offers a thought-provoking and wry exploration of outrage culture through the lens of stand-up comedy, with notables like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla detailing its stifling impact on comedy and the exchange of ideas. What will future will be like if we can't learn how to take a joke? Written by Prodigy Public Relations

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29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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21 March 2019 | by Java_JoeSee all my reviews

Comedy, good comedy, should entertain as well as inform. And yet too often now we see comedians having to apologize for things they said in their set because the PC brigade has gotten their panties in a twist.

I don't agree with all the comedians here. Some of them I literally can't stand to listen to. But that doesn't mean I feel they need to be silenced. The problem is coming from a small group of people that think they know better than you and are doing this to protect you from things they don't want you to hear. Well I say no thank you. While I agree that some jokes aren't funny, I don't feel that there are topics that shouldn't be joked about or even better still some topics that can't be discussed in a rational manner.

Comics like Lenny Bruce challenged societal norms by using language we considered off limits back in the day. Others like George Carlin were unabashedly for free speech and skewering the sacred cows of the establishment. And that's the key here. Good comedy has always been anti-establishment. There's always been this relationship between good comedy and social norms and I don't feel that that should be a reason not to see or listen to a comedian.

There are good points to be made, on both sides mind you, but not all the points are worthy enough to enact actual change. Personally I will continue to watch these comedians I like and hope that their edge isn't dulled by too much SJW and PC backlash.

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