Comedians Debate What Is Acceptable Wit

For more than 50 years short blonde jokes and stand-up comedians have played a significant part in the assessment of popular culture and society. Several generations of comics have served as observers and critics of American life. Many comedy performances have courted controversy.

Right now, individuals inside and outside the universe of humor are debating what, if anything, is too contentious for comedic use. Quite simply, should comics concern themselves with “political correctness?”

John Cleese, Chris Rock, Lisa Lampanelli and various other powerful comedians also have expressed similar views. They say an excessive sensitivity is represented by political correctness. They assert that that humor hurts and limits open dialogue. Author and comedian Jim Norton has suggested that society is now “addicted to the rush of being offended.”

Not all performers concur, nonetheless. Katherine Jessup is doing stand-up comedy for over 3 years. She is also a writer and co host of the podcast, “Advice! with Dave & Kat.”

To be’ correct,’ or PC, means in order to avoid language that is, or could be, offensive to a group of people. It is usually found in sarcasm, yet, by those who reject political correctness.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld created the hugely successful television show “Seinfeld.” He is a top critic of the so called PC movement. In fact, he recently said that he’d no more perform at U.S. schools and universities because he considers students to be too PC.

Ms. Jessup says part of the difficulty is that for a long time, guys have been the only folks in the stand up community with any power. She feels that these people are protesting because they do not want the community to change and they do not want to lose control.