How open-minded are you when it comes to jokes? How far does your sense of humour go? Do you believe there are things people shouldn't joke about? Are there any topics you think should be avoided when it comes to jokes? What are those topics (if any) for you?

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Jimmy Carr said his favourite jokes are ones where the audience start to laugh and then go 'ohhhhh.' Because they know it's something they shouldn't be laughing at.

That's how I see it. You're laughing at it largely cause you know you shouldn't find it funny.


And on that note:

Jimmy Carr -

I think you know a girl is too young for you if you have to make the airplane noise to get your cock in her mouth.

(Jokes that make you go ohhhhh It's included in this from about 4:00-4:30)

I had to look up "cot death", which was in a joke at the beginning. I've only heard it called SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in America. Now I like the joke. :)

I think you know a girl is too young for you if you have to make the airplane noise to get your cock in her mouth.


I stopped saying 'ohhhh' at any jokes. Why should I stop laughing when other people don't bother killing and/or harming each other. Give me a break. Let the harm done by me laughing at jokes like that be the only harm we encounter in our lives... but we're not that lucky. :)


Anyway... just saw an old lady in a wheelchair struggling up a hill. Was going to help but... it was snowing.

Humor is a good and important thing.  

About me, it depends on my mood..When I fell happy I became very open-minded and humorous person :)

Here is a good article,

19 Ways to Enhance Your Sense of Humor

I don't think it matters what mood am I in... humour always makes me feel better, even if just a little bit.

I tend to stop at extremely sexist ones, specifically when comics resort to talking about "their women" like objects and complaining mostly about them. I actually really like Maria Bamford, who makes fun of her dad, and has some of the craziest jokes ever--and they somehow work. Patton Oswalt, as well, has my type of joke, not only due to him being Atheist, but also because he's a hardcore nerd and sprinkles in lit jokes and comic book geek jokes among his actual jokes. Jim Gaffigan also has jokes I can deal with--due to him obviously not taking religion seriously at all, and outright mocking how retarded some of the ultra-religious are.

But it's mostly the anti-female stuff that bugs me the most, as well as any sort of rape joke---not cool, as well as out and out racist/black ones, I've had people "tell" me racist jokes before and I usually purposefully walk away from them or ignore them. Stereotypes are fine to make fun of if you are a member of the race, but it's like "taking things back", if you're white, you definitely cannot say anything, and most people telling these jokes are.

I'm with you on that. Some people say that if blacks can say "niggar", it should be ok for whites, too. I think it's ok for a white to say it if it's obviously not a put down, like if they're obviously friends. That's not always obviously true in public.

I'm a kind of an affirmative action guy, meaning that I'll give more leeway to the minority or downtrodden, to help make up for prejudice they obviously face in their daily life. I think it helps make life more fair. Ditto wrt women. It's still a fact of life that women don't get paid as much for the same work, and they're still the victim 80% (if not more) of the time in a man-woman case of abuse.

So (like you), that also colors what I think is funny vs what is ignorant or intentionally insensitive.

Guess I won't be the most fun at this party!


Hmm, you're right... woman is the nigger of the world! Look at that, I said nigger. Anyone offended? I like to think that I have the right to say whatever I want in front of (or towards) whoever I want at my own risk, even though I will probably never use that term as a derogatory term for a black person, friend or fiend.


And what about white boy? Is that not racist as well? I'm tired of all this nonsense... say whatever the hell you want, but keep in mind that the person your are talking to might not share your views on a lot subjects.

Maria Bamford is a goddess. Great mention. Makes me happy non-comics are dropping her name.
No subject is sacred where humor is concerned.  But humor can still be dangerous.  There's a thin line between vicious, nasty or "cutting edge" and hate.  Humor is not and should not be a cover for hate.  A racial joke can actually make people think without being hateful.  A sex joke can be distasteful to many without being hateful.  Insulting humor can be in the spirit of fun.

Of course, some people are more sensitive than others to certain topics.  What is one person's humor can be another person's hate.  Right or wrong, people have lost their jobs over humor or jokes.  In our politically correct society, a quip can turn into a nightmare if your intentions are not properly perceived.  People in positions of power or public trust need to think before quip.

Anyway, hateful humor crosses the line for me.  I've gotten in people's faces over their offensive racial jokes.
Humour can come from a good or a bad place. Obviously... But we are very different from individual to individual. You can't protect everyone from your jokes, otherwise we would not tell any jokes anymore, because a joke can always offend someone. For me, humour, to some extent, is like morality. You can't really define it, and it varies from individual to individual. It's relative and subjective.

I write comedy for a living, and from my experience, as well as from numerous conversations with well respected stand ups, i have come to the conclusion that nothing is off limits, as long as it's funny. I have a joke about fucking my dead mom's ashes. It's one of my favorite jokes. Anything can be funny if you twist it long enough or hard enough. Perfect example: I was at the diner with my cousin, his girlfriend, and my girlfriend a couple of weeks ago. I spilled my water, not too much, but enough that I needed a napkin. The waiter brings over a HUGE stack of napkins and plops them on the table, seriously, way too many for the job. Without skipping a beat I say, "What the hell? I'm not Japan." It killed. I had jokes about Haiti when it happened, Darfur, Racist beatings etc. you get the point.


More often than not, when there's been an uproar over a joke, it's been because it wasn't funny. Calling the Rutgers basketball team "nappy headed ho's" isn't a joke, it's a personal attack. A routine I got angry at was a Black people/White people joke a guy did about 9/11. The format, for those who are not aware, is to make black people sound really chill and laid back and cool, while white people are freaking out, stressed and uptight. It's hack and been overdone among Black comedians like Airplane Food, airport security, Tiger Woods jokes etc... My issue with it was that it was hack, and not funny, and most of all not true. Everyone was freaking out during 9/11, and reaching for support amongst each other. It wasn't a black people, white people thing. 9/11 can be funny. I have a bit about it myself (although it's more about how people treat/exploit it than the event itself). 


That being said, even for the unfunny attempts, the attempt at humor should never be censored (or self-censored for that matter). You really never know what will be funny until you try it on stage or say it out loud. People choose to be offended, and they will continue to choose that way. Anything can be funny. It just takes a skilled comedian to turn it on its head enough.


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