Bil Browning

The Roots of Comedy

Filed By Bil Browning | November 12, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: jokes, racist jokes, Ricky Gervaise, roots of comedy

"Comedy comes from a good or a bad place. The subject of a joke isn't necessarily the target of the joke. You can make jokes about race without any race being the butt of the joke. Racism itself can be the butt, for example. When dealing with a so-called taboo subject, the angst and discomfort of the audience is what's under the microscope. Our own preconceptions and prejudices are often what are being challenged. I don't like racist jokes. Not because they are offensive. I don't like them because they're not funny. And they're not funny because they're not true."

-- Comedian Ricky Gervaise arguing that there is nothing that can't be joked about to Time magazine


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