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Is everything open ground for comedy or should somethings never be touched?

Asked by EnzoX24 (1991points) December 18th, 2008 from iPhone

A couple of weeks ago I was watching an episode of Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia that caught my eye. In it, Frank (Danny DeVito) was torturing Dee (Kaitlyn Olsen) via Waterboarding. I feel like torture is something that should be left alone, but this incident had me laughing my ass off more than I had in quite some time.

Do now I wonder, are some subjects simply untouchable, or are they waiting for a stylish (or simply inappropriate) take on them?

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Magnus's avatar

Kidny problems, because that pretty much the only thing can relate to now.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I dont find anything to be off limits. Its just got to be done right.

PupnTaco's avatar

Pain + Time = Comedy.

How much time? That’s up to the audience.

aprilsimnel's avatar

In the medieval court, a jester was able to get away with saying what needed to be said, but couched in humor. Comedy can crack open a mind to new ideas in a way that earnest pedantics can’t.

It’s in that spirit that I personally believe nothing should be off limits in comedy.

andrew's avatar

I think there’s an inherent cost to making off-color and “inappropriate” jokes, so the payoff needs to be worth it. Call me a pragmatic humor aesthete.
Edit: Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE inappropriate humor, but you better do it well.

madcapper's avatar

no no that was a hilarious episode and it was great as is!

Jeruba's avatar

The line between comedy and tragedy is very thin, and in fact the best humor does incorporate some tragic elements. There are many examples to show that comedy is a natural human response to tragedy. For that reason, I don’t think there’s any subject that is automatically exempt.

At the same time, humor and ridicule can be very different things. A comedic treatment of a painful subject is one thing, and ridiculing tragedy is something else entirely.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

there are definitely some things that shouldn’t be touched, but those things are often pretty funny anyway

tinyfaery's avatar

I believe that we have to find the humor in everything; if we don’t, what’s to stop us from killing ourselves?

tocutetolive90's avatar

For comedy on tv they can almost turn anything into a joke or a skit, but the only way is if the FDA agrees its ok to show to kids. Cause the tv is cause of our kids to being bad and learning the way they are. LOL. not that I think that, just what they think. So i think anything is able for a comic to use as long as others thinks it’s funny.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@tocutetolive90 while i realize tv turns people into vegetables and couch potatoes, FDA does not regulate tv. That would be the FCC.

tocutetolive90's avatar

Thats wat i ment. lol

Mtl_zack's avatar

Tragedy + time = funny.

Seriously, in a park in the summer where I live there’s a blow up slide that is depicting the sinking of the Titanic. You climb up the iceberg and slide down the ship. Thousands of people died on that boat, and now it’s a source of amusement for many children.

judochop's avatar

zack: where is this slide? I must have a photo. Sounds like pure awesomeness.

Mtl_zack's avatar

I looked on google images and found that they have them everywhere titanic

Mtl_zack's avatar

this is even better! “One could almost believe the ship is sinking! Who will survive the slide down? This dual slide captures all the excitement of the famed ocean liner on itÕs maiden voyage ”

Jeruba's avatar

Amazing adventure in bad taste, isn’t it? The key here is that it’s about a movie, not an event. If even 9/11 could be transformed into entertainment by the medium of television, I guess this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Still, I find it a bit shocking.

Does the same theme park offer you a chance to ride on the Buchenwald train?

St.George's avatar

I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone make a joke about Pearl Harbor, nor would I want to.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Have you ever seen the movie? That was a joke :P

MacBean's avatar

“The line between comedy and tragedy is very thin”

Yes, the former is when it happens to someone else, and the latter is when it happens to you. (Anyone know who said that? I know I heard it somewhere, but I can’t think of where to save my life.)

Jeruba's avatar

Charlie Chaplin.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Mel Brooks once said: Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.

I’d expect no less from the man who created Springtime For Hitler.

saranwrapper's avatar

The too soon joke is one of the best. A cringe inducing laugh is a laugh none the less.

breedmitch's avatar

I’m going to agree with the South Park guys here and say, “There are no sacred cows.”

Jeruba's avatar

And then there’s the line attributed to Mark Twain, who was not known for his reverence: “Sacred cows make the best hamburger.”

MacBean's avatar

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