In stand-up comedy, which topics are taboo for you?

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  1. Horse Style

    Horse Style Silver Belt

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    So I'm watching a short segment of one of Bill Burr's special,



    and after I'm done laughing and my sides stop hurting, I go "heh, he's joking about domestic violence".

    Now certain people probably lose their shit if they hear someone is joking about domestic violence and won't even attempt to listen to the bit to see if it's funny or not.

    They probably feel the comic finds domestic violence funny and that it's hilarious that women/men are abused by their partners. In reality, Bill here is making light of what is pretty much an exaggeration.

    Anyway, what topics, if any, do you think are off-limit for comedy? Also, don't be shy. Post some clips of funny stand-up bits dealing with controversial topics. We're all here to laugh.
     
  2. scorpipede

    scorpipede you do yo thang Baby Smurf

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    Tosh made a comment about fucking a baby in one of his specials. I didn't know I had a taboo until then, really.
     
  3. fightingrabbit

    fightingrabbit Banned Banned

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    Nothing. The only one that has bothered me was the Schumer/Dunn comment. But the reason is it wasn't even funny and it was coming from a cow.
     
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    I don't know if anything should be off-limits as far as comedy goes, if it's done right, but i'll admit i don't like when certain national tragedies get made light of, such as 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing. I'll admit i'm a hypocrite because i've laughed at comedians making jokes about other tragedies. It depends how it's done.
     
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    Bitch definitely won't be invited to the roast of Mark Hamill or Harrison Ford.
     
  6. scorpipede

    scorpipede you do yo thang Baby Smurf

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    I don't think anything should be off limits. We're free to express after all.
     
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    I can't see how that topic can be made funny.
     
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    Nothing in thoery. Context and intent are everything.
     
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    I can deal with any type of comedy if its done well, because I have thick skin and I can usually see how jokes that may cross the line can appeal to some if its actually well thought out and/or funny.

    When a comic talks about kids with disabilities it usually gets me though if they are making fun of them. If they are lightly glossing over a disability I can deal, but outright picking on or making fun of kids that can't help the hand they were dealt isnt cool.

    I pissed a girl at work off with a domestic violence joke. We had a horrible day at work, and I said "days like this make we want to go home and punch my wife". I get the "thats very offensive to me, because i am a hardcore feminist" deal.

    Sure, she was probably involved in a few beatings and might have taken that personally, but we all knew I wasnt gonna go home and do it....
     
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    none, so far.

    9/11 jokes rustle the ol' jimmies at times, but I understand comedy & know fully well everything known to man is fair game.
     
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    Yeah, that's basically what i was trying to say, though i didn't word it too well when i just re-read it.
     
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    scorpipede you do yo thang Baby Smurf

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    he failed. I also can't see it.
     
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    If it's the bit I'm thinking of it was pretty funny.
     
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    scorpipede you do yo thang Baby Smurf

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    I did the same thing, nearly. Something like "even if the wife's happy now she won't be when I get home" or something like that. Another time at a coffee spot this lady next to me said "oh you like your coffee black huh?" and I replied "yep, I like my coffee like I like my women, dead in the crawlspace". She did NOT think that was funny. Horrified look. HORRIFIED. And justifiably so.

    Know your audience gents.
     
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    I'd be offended at how little work you put into that line. Get creative with your jokes and delivery, maybe add a little slapstick to the punchline.
     
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    scorpipede you do yo thang Baby Smurf

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    he was talking about the product of two celebrities and how people would look at the baby and think "I wanna fuck that baby".
     
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    I love crowd work sets. it's comedy on the fly. improvising by using the crowd itself for material.

    this is my all time favorite. Chris kills it by closing strong.

     
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    Yeah I just posted it and it was pretty funny.
     

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