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#1
What are your opinions on this quote?

I personally think that while not all comedy inherently needs to be offensive to certain groups to be good, we as a culture (or maybe even a species?) find great joy in mocking people who are different -- even if that means ourselves. I think that even when mocking ourselves, we find it funny because we somehow subconsciously know that someone else will take offense to it.

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#2
Fully agree.
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#4
Well, just look at how obscene South Park and Family Guy are. Our generation finds those shows hilarious. But they offend a lot of people.
#5
Bill Hicks, George Carlin.

That is all.
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#6
everything always offends somebody.
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#7
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Bill Hicks, George Carlin.

That is all.

Angry man shouting opinions =/= comedy

On topic, no.
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#8
I find black jokes hilarious mainly because of all the so called "news-worthy" controversy some of them cause.
#10
Agree 100%.
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#11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7S5BP-tvR8


Idk... i dont reckon this could offend anyone
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#12
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I find black jokes hilarious mainly because of all the so called "news-worthy" controversy some of them cause.

Dave Chappelle has proven that race jokes are hilarious, and are not racist. We all can laugh at Chappelle's stereotypical white guys, and we can laugh at his stereotypical black guys. It's funny and it's comedy, because they're stereotypes.
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#14
Most comedy expands upon existing stereotypes associated with different groups of mentality, age, race, religion or some other group. The people who belong to those groups don't always have a sense of humor that will allow them to find the comments being made to be funny which will inevitably offend them. There are some comedians that aren't based on that type of comedy, but it is hard to avoid. The ones I laugh at most would offend the hell out of a lot of people I know.
#15
It doesn't HAVE to offend someone to be funny, though it sure is a lot more funny when somebody gets offended.
#16
Agreed. I'm reminded of the time when the BBC attempted to create the most Politically Correct sitcom of all time:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_About_Me

It was woefully unfunny. I think people just need to take 'offensive' humour on the chin a bit more often.
#18
There are a few anti-jokes that are diamonds in the rough when delivered in perfect deadpan.
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#19
True, but comedy that is based on offending people/things is a little bit pathetic.
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#20
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Obviously never heard of Milton Jones.

I am watching him now, thanks to you.


I have one thing to say, you Brits are apparently very easily amused.

EDIT: plus, his entire routine is based on making fun of other countries, so I don't get your point
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#21
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Angry man shouting well thought out opinions, facts and common sense at stupid people = comedy

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#22
Actually, I will add that I don't find the likes of Bernard Manning or Jim Davidson funny in the slightest. Mostly because their humour and treatment of minorities is of the nasty, sneering sort. So that's one of the few examples where I'd say the humour is generally offensive.
#23
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True, but comedy that is based on offending people/things is a little bit pathetic.

Nah, a lot of it is gold. Doesn't mean it's the end all be all of greatest types of humor but it'll definitely attract a crowd for sure; either our of amusement or irritation. It gets peoples' attention.
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#25
Wait.

Milton Jones, on the first video I clicked, his closing joke was an onomatopoeic "DAN".

Seriously, Britain, what the hell is wrong with your comedy? You used to be so strong with Monty Python and nowadays you got Billy Connoly and Ed Byrne, none of whom are English, being the pillars of support in your comedy. What happened, man? What happened?
#26
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Nah, a lot of it is gold. Doesn't mean it's the end all be all of greatest types of humor but it'll definitely attract a crowd for sure; either our of amusement or irritation. It gets peoples' attention.


What takes skill and unique talent is to be funny without offending somebody. Offending things is fun, sure, and I have no moral stand against it, but it's just too easy.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a lot of it. Louis CK is probably my favorite 'offender'. But there's much better types of comedy that aren't as common and overused.
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#27
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Wait.

Milton Jones, on the first video I clicked, his closing joke was an onomatopoeic "DAN".

Seriously, England, what the hell is wrong with your comedy? You used to be so strong with Monty Python and nowadays you got Billy Connoly and Ed Byrne, none of whom are English, being the pillars of support in your comedy. What happened, man? What happened?


Peep show, Inbetweeners, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Office, Ross Noble, Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker and I'm sure others will help out.
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#28
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Peep show, Inbetweeners, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Office, Ross Noble and the list goes on.

I am going to watch ever single last one of those and tell you if I found any of it comedically remarkable.
#29
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Wait.

Milton Jones, on the first video I clicked, his closing joke was an onomatopoeic "DAN".

Seriously, Britain, what the hell is wrong with your comedy? You used to be so strong with Monty Python and nowadays you got Billy Connoly and Ed Byrne, none of whom are English, being the pillars of support in your comedy. What happened, man? What happened?


What happened is that it's clear that you don't know much about British comedy.

Why does it matter what role England has in it anyway?
#31
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What happened is that it's clear that you don't know much about British comedy.

Prove me wrong, then.

And don't bother asking me for German comedy, all of it is horrible. there's nothing more to say about it.
#32
for me it's true. some people take things too seriously and their outrage at comedy that may be mocking but not necessarily hateful is funny. playing on stereotypes is also funny to me since there tends to be a kernel of truth or at least some instance I can recall where a person acted in a given way. hell, it's the backbone of the majority of black comedy.

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Prove me wrong, then.

And don't bother asking me for German comedy, all of it is horrible. there's nothing more to say about it.

I bet it wasn't in the '30s...
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#33
Disagree, as humor is extremely subjective.

And really, if you have to base your comedy on offensive and extremely stale stereotypes to get laughs, you're probably not very funny in the first place. Lookin' at you, Daniel Tosh.

I'm not saying an offensive joke can't be funny, but jeez, some of them are riffing on shit that's older than your grandparents.
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#34
Quote by CoreysMonster
Wait.

Milton Jones, on the first video I clicked, his closing joke was an onomatopoeic "DAN".

Seriously, Britain, what the hell is wrong with your comedy? You used to be so strong with Monty Python and nowadays you got Billy Connoly and Ed Byrne, none of whom are English, being the pillars of support in your comedy. What happened, man? What happened?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2D3-FkoXNU
#35
Quote by CoreysMonster
Wait.

Milton Jones, on the first video I clicked, his closing joke was an onomatopoeic "DAN".

Seriously, Britain, what the hell is wrong with your comedy? You used to be so strong with Monty Python and nowadays you got Billy Connoly and Ed Byrne, none of whom are English, being the pillars of support in your comedy. What happened, man? What happened?

Stewart Lee.

Your argument is invalid.
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#36
Quote by CoreysMonster
Prove me wrong, then.

And don't bother asking me for German comedy, all of it is horrible. there's nothing more to say about it.


In no particular order.

Limmy's Show, Simon Munnery, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Mitchell and Webb/Peep Show, Tim Key, Cowards, Kunt and the Gang, Victor Lewis-Smith's prank calls, Bird and Fortune, The Thick Of It, anything involving Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz.

I could go on. Stellar, all of it.


OT: Comedy that doesn't go any further than offense for the sheer sake of offense can **** right off. No, that doesn't include Sadowitz, as his act is much more thought-provoking and self-flagellating.
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#37
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that was about as funny as a kick to the testicles.

Also, just watched the Peep show, how in the world is that supposed to be funny?


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Stewart Lee.

Your argument is invalid.


okay, THIS guy knows his comedy
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#38
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Prove me wrong, then.

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#39
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that was about as funny as a kick to the testicles.

Also, just watched the Peep show, how in the world is that supposed to be funny?


Americans don't know humour though.
#40
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I am going to watch ever single last one of those and tell you if I found any of it comedically remarkable.

Yeah but are you in a relaxed mood to where comedy comes easier or are you in an interrogative mood jotting notes off to the side and weighing pro and cons of the sketches?
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