dark side of comedy

Should anything be ‘beyond a joke’?

Comedy, it seems, is no laughing matter these days, caught up in one controversy after another over the acceptable limits of humour.

Last week it was the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that was in the firing line again, accused of racism by everybody from the Queen of Jordan to radical US cartoonists for publishing jokes involving dead refugees. This week another serial offender, British comedian Jimmy Carr, is back in the headlines after being found guilty by the UK’s broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom, of causing ‘considerable offence’ after he cracked a joke about dwarves on BBC TV last November.

  • Tom Forsythe

    All humour involves someone suffering. Except puns, which cause suffering.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    That article was worth reading for the joke about the Welshman.

    • Ha!

    • The Butterfly

      Yes, it was.

    • kkruger71

      Love Jimmy Carr.

    • Blind Druid

      I’m Welsh, and I laughed MFAO. We need to tell the PC crew to go take a hike.

  • The Butterfly

    People shouldn’t joke about transbutterflies.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Don’t they call transbutterflies cocoons?

  • Spatchcocked

    I found the notion of a dwarf or midget feeling suicidal because he was given a yo yo as a gift very droll…….I chortled for a moment….then I felt badly……dirty somehow.

  • Spatchcocked

    Harrison Bergeron….the left needs a Harriso Bergeron the same way we needed a Trump.

  • Spatchcocked

    I finally got the Welsh joke….took two minutes of puzzling…..at least I THINK I got the Welsh joke..

    • Minicapt

      … Scotchmen wear kilts, because sheep recognise the sounds of zippers.


  • Clausewitz

    Someone needs to tell these humourless assholes that 1984 was a fictional story and not an instruction manual.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Put on your best rainbow glitter and raise a bacon martini to Mohamed and Allah having gay sex on a pile of Korans we left in a pigsty.

  • Alain

    Neither the Left nor the Muslims have a sense of humour. Funny how much they have in common.

  • Blind Druid

    Carr – “I got burned and ended up for a week in the hospital burns ward. I tried to make some friends but it was hard – they all tend to stick together”. This guy is SO SICK but SO FUNNY.