Archive for category: Political Correctness

/ April 26, 2017 10:16 am

Seeking Political Relief: Comedy on Campus

By Kaylee S. Kim, The Harvard Crimson |Months after Trump’s win and inauguration—and the many overused jokes that accompanied them—student comedians on campus are still pushing themselves to produce original and meaningful political content. The relationship between comedy and politics is by no means new, but many students see comedy as an especially relevant outlet for coping with the current […]

/ January 15, 2017 11:51 am

Political Comedy is Killing the Absurdity of Late-Night

By Samantha Allen, Paste Magazine | At the start of his New Year’s Eve Late Night special, Seth Meyers launched into a long segment called “A Closer Look Back at 2016: The Year in Politics.” I could not have changed the channel faster. It’s not that I don’t share Meyers’ politics; if anything, I’m further left than his show typically skews. […]

/ September 18, 2016 3:17 pm

In the 21st century, comedy is our greatest tool for progressive change

By Mary O’Hara, Quartz | Maeve Higgins once set herself a task. The Irish-born comedian wanted to see what life would be like if she stopped laughing at things that weren’t funny. Turns out it wasn’t as easy as she thought. “It was so effing hard,” she says. “Laughter is a lubricant and is expected, and it’s really hard not […]

/ July 24, 2016 3:03 pm

Stephen Colbert’s Joyful Return to Political Comedy

By Ian Crouch, The New Yorker | During this election cycle, it has often felt as though the country’s politically inclined late-night talk-show hosts have been sitting in the wrong chairs, or else sadly absent altogether. Sure, John Oliver is in the right spot, hectoring gleefully at HBO. But Samantha Bee, who is doing a superhero’s work just once a […]

/ March 23, 2016 9:55 pm

Canada Goes Rogue on Free Speech in Comedy

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Political correctness (PC) these days is losing its shine and clout as the harsh spotlight of incoming fire continues to gather around the phenomenon. In the comedy world, the gripe against PC remains unrelenting and Canada’s profile seems to be rising as a poster child of PC gone bunkers. The victim this time is a […]

/ February 21, 2016 3:14 pm

Why Richard Pryor Marks the Beginning of the Modern Comedy Era

By Wayne Federman, Vulture.com | Comedy is generational. It’s always changing and adapting. What made your great-grandmother laugh will probably be a bit different from what tickles you. More fans today are listening to Jim Gaffigan than Will Rogers. Does that mean Gaffigan is funnier than Rogers? Not necessarily. Usually, after a couple generations, most comedy loses a good deal […]

/ October 26, 2015 10:02 am

Sarah Silverman on censorship and PC

For Sarah Silverman there are no taboos. In a recent interview for NPR’s Fresh Air, Sarah Silverman told interviewer Terry Gross: “I like talking about things that are taboo, because it makes them not taboo anymore. I grew up in a house where there were no taboos, so it came originally from a pretty innocent place, where I was shocked […]

/ September 16, 2015 4:42 pm

Sarah Silverman: you have to “change with the times”

By Diane Vacca, ComedyBeat | With her views on political correctness, Sarah Silverman parts company with comic icons Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Jay Leno, Bill Maher and Colin Quinn, all of whom diss PC anywhere, anytime. Last summer, Seinfeld told ESPN he no longer performs at colleges because college students are too sensitive to racist and sexist remarks. These comedians — all men — believe that today’s PC culture is ruining […]

/ August 4, 2015 9:51 am

Why the Brilliant Amy Schumer is Wrong This Time

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Amy Schumer is a hot item in the news these days, both for her well acclaimed new movie Trainwreck as well as for her standup work, where some of her recent remarks have landed her smack in the middle of the raging controversy over political correctness (“PC”). The current Schumer episode in the PC wars […]

/ June 25, 2015 7:38 am

Political Correctness Is Not Ruining Stand-Up Comedy

By Robin Tran, xoJane | Jerry Seinfeld is the latest comedian to insist that political correctness is ruining stand-up comedy, but I contend that people with this mentality are the ones doing more harm to the art form because they’re trying to shut down criticism. When I started stand-up comedy, I was very outspoken against this so-called “PC culture.” I’d […]

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