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Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15
Well it's obvious by the way the Three Stooges, Martin and Lewis, Hope and Crosby, Abbott and Costello, the Marx Bros, Laurel and Hardy and WC Fields are considered comedies greats that comedy today is shades lower than it was back in the day. In the 70s through 90s it was the SNL Crew, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, the SCTV Crew, George Carlin, Mel Brooks, Jim Carrey, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor that most people will recall when speaking of comedians. Who will it be this generation that's remembered? Jack Black? Seth Rogen? James Franco? Steve Carrell? Vince Vaughn? Martin Lawrence? Will Ferrell? Jimmy Fallon?

A lot less have hear of Andrew Dice Clay, Lenny Bruce, or even Sam Kinison. Why? Because unlike the ones mentioned earlier who knew not to specifically insult their potential audience, these three made a habit of it. This is why guys like Jeff Ross will be forgotten years from now.
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I'd say the topics that humor can address has no limits. Nonetheless, how it's presented i.e. in reverence or disrespect will be the difference in making people laugh or having them start throwing tomatoes your way.
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it depends, joking about someone's religion or color is crossing the line depending the person

I know about black guys, mexicans, germans, etc.. for example that joke about themselves, yet I know of others that just can't take a joke...

it all depends
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It shouldn't be offensive, period. If you need to insult others or poke fun at oppressed groups to be funny then you're really not creative or hilarious.
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Posted 3/18/15

deer wrote:

It shouldn't be offensive, period. If you need to insult others or poke fun at oppressed groups to be funny then you're really not creative or hilarious.


If forums have taught me anything its that no matter how innocuous a statement or opinion you offer someone somewhere will find what you say offensive. I think intent matters as well as context of use, ultimately some people are gonna get pissy no matter what you do.
Posted 3/18/15
Nope. Humor is entirely subjective. If you find something offensive, oh well.. Just shrug it off and walk away. Taking offense to something does not necessarily give you the right to condemn it. It's not a question of morality. Humor has the capability of being as dark and fucked up as it can get. Whether you can handle that or not is all on you. Unless you are being held prisoner and forced to endure something you are offended by, the best thing to do would be to distance yourself from it.

There's no point in policing what can and cannot be considered humor. People will joke about what they wish to joke about regardless. What one can more easily control is how such things affect them. That's all there is to it.
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MissMagicNoodles wrote:

I think racism and homophobia is going a little too far, but everything else is okay.


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Posted 3/18/15
Joke: Setting their newspaper on fire

When you've crossed the line: Setting their house on fire
Posted 3/18/15
depends on who says it...

this line from an old song rings true to me personally:

"don't call me a faggot unless you are a friend"


love this story-like song, it's called Real Men by Joe Jackson, it sort of sounds like American Pie by Don Mclean.
Posted 3/18/15

pandrasb wrote:

I get offended by people who get offended by jokes, because they're too serious.


im offended by this
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Posted 3/18/15
I have a..lest's say..."friend", who likes to tell "jokes" about the holocaust. I don't find them very funny, if that makes me "too serious" or whatever then I'm perfectly fine with that. I like inappropriate jokes and all that, but there's a fine line between a joke being funny and slightly offensive and it just being offensive.
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Posted 3/18/15
Here. Have some chicken.

Now then, that explains things for me.
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Nah, not really, just don't make racist jokes against black people around black people, ya know?
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No, it all depends what the context is and who your around. I can make some of the most fucked up joke that you'll ever hear with some friends, but we all know when its the right time to do it and when it isn't. So there isn't a limit to humor, there's only limits to the person hearing it, if you get what I'm saying.
Posted 3/18/15

McPiranha wrote:

Joke: Setting their newspaper on fire

When you've crossed the line: Setting their house on fire


What about the roof?
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