We’re realizing how valuable comedy and comedians are which is why people get offended. You can’t say anything. But no, you can if you have skill around it, but you have to understand comedians have so much power because language has so much power and jokes stick in the mind. They kind of become these mantras of how we’re going to feel about society.
When you do jokes that essentially dehumanize people or certain groups of people, therein is the problem, therein is the cut. We have marginalized communities that don’t need to be cut down, they need to be brought up. I think that also we have an acceptance around apology, or we allow people to learn. So I think it’s just worth trying to understand that language is fair and you have to be more skillful.
I think what it is, is the intent behind it. If you have this intention to explain your own point of view, I think that’s always going to be noble. The thing about comedy, you have to give it an unexpected twist. So comedy is really not necessarily what we think is funny, but what it is that we didn’t know was coming. So that’s the best way to sort of view comedy is the unexpected experience.