Tuesday, June 29, 2010

No Sense of Humor?

Early this year my husband Adam, his friend Craig and I went to the Brea Improv Comedy club and saw the comedian Jon Lovitz. The audience rolled on the floor with laughter at his jokes, and yes, much of his act was very funny. However, it was filled with a bunch of racist and sexist jokes and he even had two rape jokes. According to both my husband and his friend I am overly sensitive and am letting political correctness get to me. They seriously made me feel bad and that I was over reacting. A few months later we saw another comedian at the same place, before went I did some research and found that he was yet another comedian that thrived on misogyny, its cousin homophobia, racism and transphobia and the more I said NO the more I was told I have no since of humor and that I need to shut up. Why is it that being offensive is funny, to me the more offensive you are the less funny you are. I mean to me funny comedians are the best when they relate to real life instead of resorting to unfunny stereotypes. My husband is usually a great guy but when it comes to stand up comedy it is an anything goes type deal. Why is humor such an effective technique to overpower people and why are people so quick to resort to the no since of humour tactic? I don't understand why in comedy it is a-okay to be offensive? Isn't it more creative to be funny and non-offensive?